Most of us, at some point in our lives, have known someone who has struggled with an addiction in some form or the other. The brave thing, to do in life, is not to cut them off, but to help them get through the pain of addiction. Beautiful Boy is a movie that illustrates this perfectly.
The movie is essentially about a father and his son, travelling through life, with all the trials and tribulations life brings. The film stars Steve Carell as David Sheff and Timothee Chalamet as his son, Nic Sheff. The movie takes us on a journey of understanding what goes through a meth addict’s brain, and how that person can be helped.
The movie beautifully encapsulates the relationship between a loving parent and their son. Nic and David are very close. Nic is shown as an innocent kid in his younger years and these are the years where David and Nic are the closest. As years pass, Nic starts growing distant, and thinks he has to find some happiness that has eluded him his whole life. He gets into Methamphetamine, a dangerous drug, and thinks he has found happiness.
The movie encapsulates what it is like to be addicted. It is a slippery slope to addiction, and once you reach it, coming back is very difficult. It also shows that a loving parent, like David Sheff, will do anything to bring back his son from the darkest depths of addiction.
The acting in this movie is top notch. Steve Carell has proven that he can not only play comedic characters, but also has serious acting chops. Timothee Chalamet is one of the best up and coming actors, and has proved his critics wrong yet again. Maura Tierney as Karen Sheff and Kaitlyn Dever as Lauren have played immense roles as supporting characters.
Overall, Beautiful Boy ranks as one of the best Dramas of the last decade. For a debut film in the English language, Felix van Groeningen has hit the nail on the head.
Final Rating : 8.5/10
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