“Beautiful Boy,” average movie Reply

By Emily Long & Brian McGloughlin – 1851 Staff and Sports Editor

“Beautiful Boy” was released in cinemas on Oct. 12. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen, the movie was and adaptation of the novel, written by David Sheff. The star-studded cast included Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan.

The plot follows Nic Scheff ’s (Chalamet) struggle with addiction, road to recovery and subsequent relapses; a tale as old as addiction itself. Nic, sole child of Vicki (Ryan) and David (Carell), lived with his father post-separation for most of his life. As Nic’s addiction progresses and worsens, Nic’s loved ones suffer, including Nic’s younger step-siblings, Jasper (Christian Convery) and Daisy (Oakley Bull).

Chalamet shines in his role of a lovable “good kid” seduced by drugs. Audiences feel the grief and stress while rooting for Nic as he makes poor decision after poor decision, a glimpse of hope has the audience feeling sympathetic. Chalamet portrays Nic to a point where the audience is tied to the character’s journey.

Steve Carell delivered a raw, beautiful portrayal of David Sheff, characterizing the emotional toll drug and alcohol addiction takes on those around an addict, especially the immediate family. He sees the pureness and innocence in his son despite his tribulations, searching for ways to save Nic before it’s too late.

The soundtrack keeps the same message as the movie with John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” serving as the cornerstone. The music plays a significant part in building the relationship of Nic and David. Other tracks include tunes from Lennon, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, along with other songs that transcend generational boundaries.

“Beautiful Boy” had quality performances from a highly-talented cast. The soundtrack coincided with stunning cinematography to create a dramatic, eye-opening film on addiction; an issue that is far too common.

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