Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ Gets An Amazing First Trailer

By April 25, 2014

At GeekNation, we handle the posting of trailers differently than a lot of other movie websites. We have sections of the site dedicated to new movie trailers, classic movie trailers, and video game trailers, and there are streams on the home page that showcase the most recent ones we’ve published. Most of the time we just leave it at that, but sometimes you’ll see us write a little bit about a new trailer if we think it’s worthy of an explanation or some deeper context. This is one of those occasions.

Richard Linklater (the Before trilogy, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock) has followed up Before Midnight with yet another critically acclaimed film: Boyhood. It debuted to tremendous accolades at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and from the look of it, it’s deserving of all the praise. The story behind the film is fascinating: Linklater began filming the movie in 2002, casting a young boy named Ellar Coltrane in the lead role and surrounding him with a veteran cast including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette playing his divorced parents. Everyone gathered to film for a few weeks every year from 2002 until 2013, and like the pull-quotes featured in the trailer indicate, this truly is like no movie that’s ever been made before. Check out the trailer below:


It’s pretty incredible to watch Coltrane’s growth over just the course of this trailer alone, so I can’t imagine what seeing the full movie will be like. Linklater may not be one of the first guys who comes to mind when thinking about who is pushing the boundaries of contemporary cinema, but after his work on the Before trilogy (in which he directed Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in a continuing story over the course of nearly twenty years) and now this, I think he should be getting a lot more credit as one of the medium’s most exciting talents.

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