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Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Boyhood Review by Panagiotis Drakopoulos

Every year at Fantasia there’s one film that comes along and takes the audience into a beautiful and magical journey-- that film is Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. It’s not an opus, but a magnum opus in every sense. Something I don’t see another filmmaker daring enough to follow in Linklater’s footsteps and auteur vision.

The film follows a young boy, Mason(Ellar Coltrane) for a period of over twelve years, from a young boy to an adult. Focusing on him growing up and his relationship with his sister(Lorelei Linklater) and divorced parents(Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke). Boyhood captures these characters in real time as they age over these twelve years. It’s the closest thing to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force meme “The Highlander was a documentary and the events happened in real time”.

But in all seriousness, Boyhood is the best film of the year and I expect to see it win a whole bunch of awards by the end of the year. Everything from the acting to cinematography to the soundtrack was great. Linklater poured all of his emotions and resources into his film and it shows. At the core, Boyhood is about relationships, living in the moment, reflecting life like a photo album. Boyhood is something special in cinema, something that I don’t think can be duplicated. A film that transcends time and inspire a whole new generation of filmmakers. I’ll leave you with a quote from Louis Armstrong’s "What A Wonderful World" to best describe this film: “I hear babies cry, I watch them grow, they'll learn much more, Than I'll ever know.” - Panagiotis Drakopoulos   

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