Thoughts on 'Boyhood,' Parenthood, and Being Human

January 13, 2015 11:08 PM

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My husband, Drew, and I watched Boyhood over the weekend and I know I'm a little late to the game discussing it since it was released many months ago, but, seeing as it was just released for rent a few days ago and it won at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night for best picture and best supporting actress (Patricia Arquette, who is excellent) and best director (Richard Linklater, who is my all-time favorite director), hopefully I will be forgiven. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't yet seen it (see it!), but I will say that it's rare that I watch a movie and it stays with me for longer than it takes for me to get home from the theater or, more often these days, take out my contacts and wash my face and get ready for bed. It's only been a couple of days, but I'm still thinking about the movie and hope we will begin seeing more films that experiment with time lapse production and editing. (Boyhood was shot for about one week a year over the course of 12 years). Beyond the groundbreaking production style, I really loved the simplicity of the story and how, as Linklater said in his acceptance speech last night, the film portrays the flaws and evolution we all (hopefully) experience as humans who love and grow and relate to each other and make lives and families together and just try to do our best as we go through life.

As a mom of a son who seems to be growing so quickly (look how big he's getting!), I thought the idea of watching a boy grow from 6 to 18 in the span of three hours would feel a little overwhelming, emotionally, and make me sad for the years that have already passed and how fast I know Jackson's rem...

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