Boyhood took 12 years to make. Praise is certainly warranted for Richard Linklater and a cast in for the long haul. Unfortunately, the film leaves the viewer feeling as though they’ve also surrendered a decade - the temperament of the title character doing most of the damage.
Despite being raised by a single mom, Mason was not a really a mama’s boy. On the other hand, aspects of his character seem like an idealized version of all a mother could hope for.
Unfortunately, this is supposed to be about a boy. So when a Mrs. Robinson type character offers him a “ride to college,” he’s above it all. So Mason conveys his signature look down to pass judgement on the silliness of the world.