quinta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2014

Boyhood (2014)

After completing the "Before" trilogy with last year's brilliant Before Midnight, Richard Linklater finally releases the movie he's been working on for the past 12 years, in a product that is surprisingly very well balanced, solid and always interesting to the viewer for the whole 3 hours. Boyhood premise is well known: it follows the life of a young 6 year old boy until he reaches college, always with the same cast of actors to follow... It is this concept that allows Boyhood to be what it is, a movie about life itself, the misadventures of growing up, watching cartoons, playing videogames, finding the first love interests and the first parties and beers. Boyhood is real and naked from pretentious crap. It doesn't try to please you or teach you a life lesson, it just shows you life itself with no need of artistic cinematography or camera work. By the end of the 3 hour long movie you may ask "Is this it? A 3 hour long movie about a kid that really didn't do anything special to make it worth a movie?". But yes, this is worth making a movie about. The art of cinema is exactly all about the simplicity of life, and the purity of our human condition. Linklater delivers it masterfully in some (not all) of his works, and if Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight were the most perfect case study of a real life relationship (probably only matched by Ingmar Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage"), Boyhood stands just as same for documenting without artifices the growth of a boy. There are moments where you will doubt the movie's intentions, just as you will doubt the protagonist actor Ellar Coltrane acting skills, but soon all those will fade away... It is unique how the boy's growth is depicted, his personality built, all in all culminating on a most pure and perfect non consequential climax, both for the protagonist and his mother. Is it just this? Yeap, that's it. Life is like this.

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