It doesn’t get any more realistic than this.
We get to see an endearing young boy’s metamorphosis from age 6 into a dashing 18-year-old teenager in Boyhood, a movie coming out July 11 in the U.S.
But it's no gimmick.
We get to see the all the changes associated with crucial time of adolescence with the same actor along the way. Richard Linklater, Boyhood's director, cast 6-year-old Ellar Coltrane as the protagonist, Mason, back in 2002. The director used the same actor over a stretch of 12 years as he wanted to perfectly depict Mason growing up.
Boyhood chronicles Mason's swim through murky waters as he tries to make sense of a puzzling world that just is the way it is. It’s incredible. We get to see this boy grow. As his body starts to change and his voice starts to deepen, we’re there.
For those of you who have sons, brothers or are boys, you will know that it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
The film, which features Ethan Hawke as the boy’s father, hits the spot and breaks boundaries. It's so refreshing that Linklater isn't succumbing to summer fluff and sequels, but instead embarked on a 4,207-day shoot to capture exactly the story he wanted to tell.
We can't wait to watch Ellar, and Mason, grow up before our eyes.