Review: Mason is a young boy. We see him grow up in front of our eyes over a span of 12 years. From the age of 6 to 18 years. As well as it being about a boy it is also about his family, his sister, his mother, his father and about brotherhood.
Director: Richard Linklater
Actors: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Loralei Linklater
This is a film that everyone can relate to. It is very true to life which is what you expect from Richard Linklater. To film this over about 12 years and to get the whole cast to take about two weeks off every year is incredible. I found this so moving that the film stayed with me for several days after. It contains many touching moments. Even though this is 2 hours and 45 mins do not be put off by the running time. To me this is a film that everyone should see because it makes you think about so many issues connected to the family and growing up. I would like to see Ellar Coltrane go on and do other work. If Richard Linklater had passed away over the 12-13 years Ethan Hawke would have taken the project over. This film takes place from 2002 to 2013. How this didn’t win best picture at the Academy Awards this year I will never know. At the Academy Awards in 2015 Patricia Arquette won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role. At the Golden Globe Awards also in 2015 this won three awards and they were for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director – Motion Picture and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. At the Bafta’s the same year this won 2 Awards and they were for Best Supporting Actress and for Best Film. Richard Linklater also won a special award and that was the David Lean Award for Direction. I will just take a quick quote from a film critic from Rotten Tomatoes saying ‘This movie might make you cry for reasons you can’t quite articulate. You won’t be alone in feeling that way’. This is exactly how I felt after watching this film.