Richard Linklater‘s labor of love “Boyhood” opened to the best reviews of the year this weekend. The picture, which was a dozen years in the making, earned an unheard of perfect score at Rotten Tomatoes and a jaw-dropping 99 at MetaCrtic.
While summer flicks are seldom remembered come Oscar time (last year’s earliest opening among the nine Best Picture nominees was “Gravity” on Oct. 4), this one could buck that trend. That it runs 165 minutes actually favors it in the Best Picture race, where longer is usually considered better. What do you think? Be sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
This slice-of-life follows Ellar Coltrane‘s character from the ages of 6 to 18. Linklater’s collaborator on the Oscar-nominated “Before” trilogy, Ethan Hawke, plays his dad and Emmy champ Patricia Arquette (“Medium”) his mother while the director’s daugther, Lorelai Linklater, is his older sister. They came together for 15 days a year beginning in 2002 to shoot segments of the film.
Among those critics raving about “Boyhood” was New York Times scribe Manohla Dargis who called it a “masterpiece” noting that Linklater “both captures moments in time and relinquishes them as he moves from year to year. He isn’t fighting time but embracing it in all its glorious and agonizingly fleeting beauty.” Claudia Puig (USA Today) was equally effusive citing it as “an epic masterpiece that seems wholly unconcerned with trying to be one.”
The picture has two important screenings this coming Sunday (July 20) at the academy and with the SAG nominating committee. But don’t wait until then to tell us what you make of its Oscar odds. Vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments section.