I just saw this movie and I highly recommend it. It's a very dark film about drug addiction and it's effects on the addict and his entire family. The subject matter is something more often found in a TV Movie but the acting sets this film apart from that. Steve Carell is quite convincing as an aggrieved parent but Timothee Chalamet hits it out of the park as the young addict. I predict we'll be seeing him nominated for an Oscar again this year. He's outstanding.
Post by joekiddlouischama on Jul 27, 2019 8:11:21 GMT
I thought that Beautiful Boy, which I viewed twice in the theater, was genuinely "great" and easily one of 2019's best films. It is intimate, wrenching, and darkly troubling, with excellent performances, wonderful writing, and commendable cinematography. The script offers the danger of feeling like a public-service announcement regarding the ravages of drugs, but the film's human passion and conflicted emotions avoids that potential pratfall. As a viewer, one really wants to see where these characters are headed and one feels their disappointment, doubt, and exasperation. The script also keeps one guessing, and the narrative flows in a roller coaster of emotions. The movie manages to be both surreal and realistically gritty, which is a difficult combination to achieve.
I'm excited about this and Ben is Back which seems to have similar subject matter.
I deemed Ben Is Back "good," although not "great" like Beautiful Boy. It too is quite riveting, intimate, and well-acted, but unlike Beautiful Boy, Ben Is Back is melodramatically compressed, from a temporal perspective, and resorts to a little narrative gimmickry.