In spanning such a large period, the movie also takes a look at the changing culture. Music evolves over the course of the film -- from Coldplay's "Yellow" at the start to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" at its end. The War in Iraq gives way to Obama’s election. Mason's Gameboy subtly evolves into a Wii and then into an iPhone. (There is something a little bittersweet about seeing an epic cover this period of time, at least for the great majority of us who were already adults in 2002; this kid has lived a lifetime since then and what have we done, really?)
Many movies about the recent past can have an air of falseness about them because they were made with the wisdom of hindsight. But in this case when Linklater shot a scene in 2005, he only knew what we all knew in 2005. (This has an occasionally comedic effect, as when Mason about five years ago asks his father skeptically if they'll ever make another 'Star Wars.")
The cast said that the film’s authenticity came from both its scope and its attention to detail; "Boyhood" has an interest in the sublime via an immersion in the mundane. “A lot of filmmakers aren't interested in a lot of the things that interest Rick.” Hawke said.
Given the director’s penchant for returning to a story — the “Before” series, conceived as a one-off youthful romance in the early 1990's, yielded two sequels over the next 18 years — will the director follow Mason's tale again?
“Maybe,” Linklater said wryly. “we'll pick him up as a young parent.”
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