Stumbling into Boyhood in My Fifties

I just watched the movie Boyhood for the first time — all 166 minutes of it. Then I watched it for the second time.

And then I cried. Hard.

Boyhood is the much-lauded 2014 film by Richard Linklater that literally took an entire boyhood to film. It follows the life of Mason — a quiet, quirky, dreamy-eyed child, beautifully played by Ellar Coltrane — from early elementary school until he leaves for college. It’s a remarkable portrayal of the unfolding of consciousness, identity, and autonomy. The narrative repeatedly circles around the question “What’s the point of it all?” with the fresh sincerity of an awakening adolescent.

This is the opening to some thoughts I put together about this amazing film on the writing site Medium.

You can read the whole thing here.