“[as the family leaves their house for the last time before moving] Goodbye, yard! Goodbye, crepe myrtle! Goodbye, mailbox! Goodbye, box of stuff Mommy won’t let us take with us but we don’t want to throw away. Goodbye, house, I’ll never like Mommy as much for making us move!” – Samantha
Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Aug 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The story of a young boy’s life over the span of 12 years.
My Take on it – I have never been the biggest fan of Richard Linklater’s films because as groundbreaking as they may be, they tend to reflect life as it is, warts and all, instead of just showing the good and interesting parts.
This movie was filmed in a very innovative way; it was shot over the span of 12 years in order to show the true growth of the young actors.
I personally don’t think that this technique adds anything to this movie’s plot and the same thing could have been achieved by using numerous actors in the youngsters roles.
What disappointed me slightly with this movie was that I was expecting it to have a stronger message after watching close to 3 hours of the comings and goings of this family’s life instead of just showing life ‘as it is’.
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are both great as the parents constantly trying to better the lives of their two kids.
I think the main added advantage of shooting the movie the way it was is that we know that any timely events filmed happened as it was being filmed allowing the storyline to be shaped slowly over the whole 12 years based on true events. Linklater must have had a plan for the ultimate storyline, but this let him add interesting nuances as he went along.
Bottom Line – Good movie that takes an interesting look at a character’s life via a very bold idea of filmmaking but the same effect could have worked through normal techniques. Recommended!
Rating – Globe Worthy
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