Mondays, am I right?!?
Usually when characters age in movies, they’re covered with makeup and outfitted with prosthetics – or directors use different actors as the character ages. But in the new film Boyhood, none of that is necessary.
The film takes place over the course of 12 years, and it was shot over the course of 12 years. So we watch the actors getting older for real, which gives their characters a sense of authenticity.
Director Richard Linklater told what it was like to cast a 6 year-old boy (Ellar Coltrane) not knowing who he would become:
"It was a huge leap. I just went with a kid who seemed kind of the most interesting. I liked the way his mind worked — he was a little mysterious and sensitive and very thoughtful. He was cut from no ordinary cloth. He was homeschooled and his parents were artists and I thought, "Well, that’s cool, there’ll be some family support for this undertaking. It will be a fun thing to do in his life."
So I think I had the family support but as far as he goes, you kind of have to admit that your main collaborator here has a really unknown future. But I would have each year to incrementally adjust and maybe go toward who he was becoming. That was sort of the design of the movie.”
Boyhood .gif of Ellar Coltrane via CBC
I hope every one of you hears this from 100 people over the next week or so, but in case you don’t, I’m gonna say it extra loud. BOYHOOD IS A REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD MOVIE. GO SEE IT.
yes good let’s share a bunch of this stuff on the internet so that impressionable youths think that marriage is like a cute, more-twee version of Cato vs. Clouseau.
"Honey, come in here, we need to go over these accounts again. I don’t think we’re making enough return on the CD to justify not moving some of that into baby jeffery’s college account."
"BABE COME IN HERE I MADE A PILLOW FORT!"
They laughed as they played Nerf guns for 5 minutes before the harsh reality set in that Dave would be making dinner yet again. Dave pulled out Guy Fieri’s The Funky Finds in Flavortown and asked Carol if she would like the Wham Bam Thank You Ham, or the bolognese egg rolls.
They couldn’t decide. They sat there wondering how they were ever going to figure this out, until Dave had an idea. “Tag you’re it” Dave shouted, and Carol chased after him with glee. This game of tag continued on for days, until eventually they were both fired from their jobs and their house was foreclosed on.
Thankfully they got to keep their nerf guns, and their sense of whimsy normally reserved for an episode of New Girl.
Funny guys right here.