Beautiful Boy (RP16, 112 minutes) Directed by Felix Van Groeningen ★★ ½
In 2005, The New York Times Magazine published a moving and honest piece from writer David Sheff.
My son is Addicted causes a small sensation and eventually causes Sheff's full-year memoirs as parents for an addict. Beautiful boy is an adaptation of the memoir.
Author Luke Davies (Lion) and director Felix Van Groeningen (who made it extraordinarily beautiful The Broken Circle Breakdown) has come out and set aside a little Sheff story. But Beautiful boy it is still the most viable and intelligent view of methamphetamine addiction and drug addiction and specifically how addiction can occur in every level of society.
You can argue that making a film about an addict who always has a prosperous family and is full of love, like David Nick's son did, is a bit like making a Titanic film but only shows people who have access to a life boat. This is a valid point. But I have seen "original" and "brave" addiction films that routinely make criticism the best list. They are almost impenetrable and have not changed at all.
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And this cleared and easy-to-understand addiction story at least – perhaps accidentally – reminds us of the insanity and cruelty that misuses drug use and hence criminalizes addiction. We might also make fear and loneliness illegal. Actually, that's what we did.
Beautiful boy persistent about the mechanism of snorting and injecting. But that is far from showing us physical tolls. Timothee Chalamet (Call Me With Your Name) Not as convincing as Nick, but he never looked like a model agent would not register it at sight. As David's father, Steve Carell added another line that was appropriate for CV's "direct role". Carell – when a little over-written dialogue allows – quite a lot of nails collide guilt and hatred that insert Sheff's original articles.
Actor Timothee Chalamet described his experience in making the film Beautiful Boy, his latest film that could make him nominated for an Oscar.
A cameo from Andre Royo, who played Bubbles Wire, only reminds us of the experience of isolated addiction Beautiful boy represent.
Overcut structures and disrupted flashbacks do not provide many goals and often eliminate the tension and fear that may be generated by a more conventional time frame.
Beautiful boy is an interesting and always watched film. But given the ugliness of the subject matter, I'm not sure that's a recommendation.