Roseville Cinema was a most interesting venue for me to see ‘Boyhood‘, which was filmed over 12 years using the same group of actors as they grew up. I have seen films at Roseville since I was a similar age to the young Mason, so a wave of memories came back to me as the film takes you on a journey through an honest and at times raw journey of growing up.
Whilst the story is fictitious, it is most interesting to see the actors grow up over 2.5 hours on screen, Mason from a 6 year old schoolboy to an 18 year old scholarship recipient moving out of home to go to college.
Whilst there are definitely emotionally charged moments, these were well balanced with humorous interludes.
One thing the film makes you consider is how the choices made during your early 20’s have such a significant impact on shaping the rest of your life.
The film is about finding identity and it was intriguing to watch. Mason’s father played by Ethan Hawke developed his identity as a distant father. Mason’s mother learns about her own strength and independence after two failed marriages. And Mason develops his own identity as he finds a different perspective on the world through the lens of his camera. At face value perhaps not anything particularly out of the ordinary, though it is the way the years are woven together into captivating chapters that engage with the viewer.
As a mother, I walked away wanting to hug my son that little bit tighter as it reminded me of the speed at which each season of growing up passes.
It was a good choice for date night, as watching the film made me so grateful that those awkward years of being a teenager and navigating relationships are behind me!
Roseville Cinema is a really easy night out. I always enjoy the more traditional cinema experience, which is exactly what Roseville Cinemas provides. There is a good range of restaurants within easy walking distance of the cinema – Salt Pepper Nutmeg, HUX Grill and Thai Skybar all offer a combined $40 meal and movie deal. Check Roseville Cinemas website for more information.
On this occasion we ate at Thai Skybar, a Thai restaurant with modern takes on a number of traditional dishes. The food is consistently good but can be busy in the movie rush hour so allow a bit of extra time.
Has anyone else seen Boyhood? What did you think?
Watch the trailer below. Click here to check session times for Boyhood at Roseville Cinemas.