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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Report Card---"Boyhood"

"Boyhood"'s gimmick of taking a dozen years to shoot it, with the same actors, all aging a dozen years, is just that: a gimmick.
The three hours I spent watching it felt like a dozen years.
There was no story of note being told.
It seemed totally aimless.
As if the director shot twelve years of film, perhaps without a script, and then tried to figure out how to make a movie out of it.
I don't think he succeeded.
The young boy, who was the lead actor, was a complete cipher.
Totally uninteresting.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

Almost never, except for seeing Patricia Arquette age a dozen years. There was one character, who appeared for about a half-
hour in the middle, and then vanished, who was VERY interesting. I kept rooting for him to come back, but he never did.

Compelling even?

Only for the above mentioned half-hour.

Is it controversial?


Is it a story worth telling?

There WAS no story.

Is it good storytelling?

It is NO storytelling.

Is it well written?

It doesn't appear to have BEEN written.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Patricia Arquette was very good. And she convinced me that she was getting older. Same with Ethan Hawke.
Otherwise, the casting was mostly uninspired.

Well shot?

Nothing special

Is it too long? Too short?

About two-and-a-half hours too long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

I can certainly believe that many lives are boring. I don't need to see it.
I didn't care about these folks.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I was starting to predict that it would never end. I was surprised when it DID end so unimaginatively.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

I wasn't thinking about it WHILE I saw it.

Is it funny?

Not at all.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

I could make some snotty joke like "Maybe if you paid a dollar a year", but it wouldn't be worth that much.

Is it impressive?

Only in how much the director has fooled the public with this one.

Overall grade: D.

That this can win for Best Picture truly scares the hell out of me.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."