Kurt Loder Reviews Boyhood and I Origins



Richard Linklater has proved himself a master of capturing on film something that seems very much like real life. In Boyhood, he creates a picture rich in the details of human experience. This really is a movie unlike any other, writes Kurt Loder. Boyhood was assembled over the course of 12 years, with Linklater calling the main actors back each year to spend a few days adjusting the script and shooting the picture's next installment. The result of this risky gambit (what if one or more of the performers had been unavailable for one or more years?) is a movie that draws us deeply into its story, holding us absorbed as the characters evolve in resonant ways and we watch the gathering years pass slowly across the actors' faces.