I’d like to consider myself a discerning movie buff but to be honest I approach celebrity driven romantic comedies with the same enthusiasm as thought-provoking indie flicks. But when I read that director Richard Linklater, who also wrote “Boyhood,” filmed the main character Ellar Coltrane growing up on-screen as the character of Mason, for over twelve years, I knew it was a concept I had to see expressed.
Admittedly I was a little apprehensive about the film’s premise: following a boy around from elementary to high school; and also about the film’s length: three hours. The film does a great job of transcending whatever cultural background you come from and making the story relatable. While three hours might seem like a large indoor commitment, considering that we have few warm days left in New York City, the film is worth the journey in technological nostalgia that many of us millennials can enjoy.