[Quick Summary: The story of young Mason, from age 5-18.]
I am glad this film exists.
It is a bold and massive undertaking:
- It was written and shot over 12 years.
- The script is 185 pages long.
-Linklater continues to emphasize the observational over the narrative (previously mentioned here; It's not my favorite method, but glad that he does.)
I did like that the script has many time jumps but does not use dates.
It lets the reader put 2 + 2 together.
ex. "BILL: Olivia
BILL: Nice kid.
BILL: So you think, uh, Grandma might be available for a little baby-sitting?
MOM (O.S.)(giggles): Maybe.
BILL: Really? Well, great.
EXT. BACKYARD - DAY
Mason and Samantha play an outdoor trampoline game with Randy and Mindy, their new stepbrother and stepsister. They are in the big backyard of their new home, where Dr. [Bill] Welbrock and his children have lived."
Note how Linklater sets up small steps of logic for the reader:
In the first scene, Mom and Bill are dating.
In the second scene, the words "new stepbrother" + "new home" = Bill and Mom have moved from dating to marriage.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED: There are other creative ways to show a jump in time (besides a date in the slugline).
by Richard Linklater