It’s famously been a long road to the Oscars this Sunday for Richard Linklater and the cast and crew of “Boyhood,” but it’ll all be over soon and the film will take its rightful place in the history books of the medium. With that said, why not have a little fun with Linklater’s ode to time and family with a PETA ad and an honest trailer?
First up is a PETA ad featuring Linklater himself that sees the director talk about how becoming a vegetarian improved his life, and pokes light fun at the famously long production of “Boyhood” by pretending to be shooting himself for thirty years, from 1985 to the present, with only the smallest references to the various decade. An example? Keep a close eye on the desk at the left hand of the screen, and keep track of the video game controller that resides on top of it.
Next (via Break) is an honest trailer for last year’s film that features a parody of “Hero” by Family of the Year that echoes the same complaints that have been raised recently: the film relies heavily on the the twelve years “gimmick,” and that the film would not be as celebrated if filmed in the usual way. Having said that, the whole point of the film is to eschew the big moments usually found in coming-of-age films and instead focus in on the smaller beats, using the real passage of time as the driving force of the film, in lieu of a traditional plot.
Watch Linklater’s PETA ad below, as well as the Honest Trailer. “Boyhood” is available to rent or own on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD.