Richard Linklater has had an interesting career in Hollywood; for every commercial film he makes vise vie Bad New Bears he makes a Bernie or A Scanner Darkly, which makes him, in my opinion, one the most underrated directors in Hollywood. And his experimental Boyhood has easily jumped to the top of my most anticipated of 2014 list.
Originally called ‘The Twelve Year Project,’ Boyhood shows the growth of a child (Ellar Coltrane) from age six through the 12th grade: the main plot displays how the boy deals with the divorce of his parents (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke) and the resulting relationships he develops. I have always heard rumors that Linklater was shooting this movie intermittently for the last twelve years, but I always forgot about it or assumed it was never coming out. But the 164 minute epic finally premiered in 2014 at the Sundance film festival to rave reviews: and even won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin festival. And since then, the picture has picked up distribution from Universal Pictures and IFC Films, who plan a limited release on July 11th. On a sidenote, I hope the early release does not kill its award season chances: like it did with Mud or Fruitvale Station, but only time will tell.
For now, you can check out the newly released images from Boyhood below.
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