For Think Theology, my end of year round up
The films that are about now
Were I to pick one favourite, Boyhood would claim the prize. The film’s USP – filming it with the same cast over the course of twelve years – really did capture the spirit of the title; you get the sense of seeing a childhood unfold in front of your eyes, as the themes and ideas gently develop over the three-hour run time. It had extra resonance for me as it is about a person not much younger than me trying to work out who he wants to be. Becoming a Christian gives you a new purpose and identity, so my context is a little different from Mason, the main character in Boyhood, yet the dual sense of looking forward to an uncertain future, and backwards to a past that has shaped you, is nevertheless incredibly relevant for someone like me at a liminal stage of life. It’s a masterpiece, charged with emotion and full of warmth and humanity.