Boyhood Film Analysis

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood leaves the audience questioning, asking, and wanting more. The entirety of the film is a recollection of memories and experiences throughout the course of Mason’s childhood. Overall Boyhood is like an unsolved puzzle with missing pieces that aren’t enough to solve the puzzle. The entire movie is questionable and has so many gaps in-between each memory that there really is no plot. Since there isn’t a plot it makes you question if it is really about boyhood, about family, maybe Mason’s childhood, or girlhood. Certain questions begin to formulate like, why doesn’t Linklater use the typical format of storytelling during Mason’s childhood? How come we never know what happened between Oliva and Mason Sr? Why doesn’t…show more content…
This is exactly what happened in Boyhood. Since there is no concrete storyline the audience is left to guess and criticize instead of enjoying the movie and appreciating the director’s work.
The whole movie is a series of milestones which makes the audience question every event that is represented. For instance, it is insinuated that Mason’s parents aren’t together, but there’s never a conversation explaining why they aren’t. The only conversation that was remotely close to explaining why was Mason Sr. stating that it just didn’t work out. Linklater opens the conversation up with Mason Sr. giving a vague explanation about his relationship with Olivia to the kids that “your mom is a piece of work, I think you know that by now” (Linklater). This leaves the audience again to assume or make predictions about what happened between the two. Another reoccurring event that didn’t go into too much detail is Olivia’s companionships throughout the movie. Each relationship is happening sporadically that it is unclear how she ends up with her second and third husband. The marriages come and go on so often and vaguely that no one really knows what is going on or why she keeps marrying these men when it really it seems like she doesn’t even know them. For a movie that is a hundred and sixty-six minutes long it seems like the moments that are the most pivotal and life-changing would have more detail and depth. Thus,
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