by Zhanna Kutsenkova
This summer, after twelve consecutive years of shooting, Boyhood was released into theaters around the country. The movie centers around a young boy named Mason and his family and follows him as he grows from elementary school age to a teenager leaving home and entering college.
The film focuses on coming of age issues that particularly strike a chord with millennials and their parents. From bullying, moving, teen rebellion, awkward conversations with parents, “the emo phase,” and young love, anyone could relate to the sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes wonderful way we grow up. What is most realistic about the movie is that neither Mason, his parents, or his friends are perfect, each of them is flawed and multidimensional, and we are able to see all of them evolve and grow.
The soundtrack is timely and features nostalgic songs by Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Sheryl Crow, and many others. Although Mason has a relatively quiet upbringing in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, it is enthralling to watch for the references, music, and conversations that were so essential to many of our childhoods.
Overall, Boyhood is beautifully written, acted, cinematically shot, and musically scored, but it is its realism and relatability that makes it a must see.