TV Critic at IndieWire
"Because 'livin's' a verb."
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The end of this movie goes from a lame, nonsensical, forced happy ending to unmistakable tragedy if you just pretend that Hugh Jackman — as punishment for suddenly thinking nostalgia is *good* now — had to spend the rest of his tub life watching “Space Jam 2.”
Both a gorgeous study of marriage at a crisis point and an enlivening evisceration of the institution's sexist standards in society, "The Nest" is meticulously made, brilliantly acted, and rich with subtext. Jude Law's ferocious ego is hysterical. Carrie Coon inhales cigarettes and coffee, often in the same breath, then exhales a perfect "fuck you" to the patriarchy. What a gem. I would watch 10 hours of this.
A unique experience in two areas, one technically remarkable while the other frustratingly plain, "Boyhood" is a marvel in its innovative shoot. Richard Linklater's patient deliberation on time is something to ponder and discuss long after the film (finally) ends, but the proxy characters he creates are so maddeningly plain and predictable an emotional attachment can only be found when reflecting on oneself. The boy and his family don't bring the film to life -- you do (the viewer). Does that make it worth watching? Yes. But does it make "Boyhood" superior to films with more personality, and thus true originality ? No, it does not.