Boyhood review Richard Linklater makes the complex appear casual

Richard Linklater’s latest, filmed in 39 days over 12 years, captivates you not with its method, but with its intimate insight

What an extraordinary film-maker Richard Linklater has become, a thoroughly modern rule-breaker with an old-fashioned sense of craftsmanship who provides the missing link between a 21st-century independent aesthetic and studio-era storytelling skills. From the low-budget edginess of Slacker and the lo-fi animated experiments of Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, through to the mainstream breakthrough of School of Rock, to the historical fiction of Me and Orson Welles and the murderous tragicomedy of Bernie, Linklater has proved himself to be as eclectic as he is prolific.

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