Beautiful Boy gives insight into addiction

November 13, 2018


How strong is a bond between father and son?Beautiful Boy directed by Felix Van Groeningen is the on screen adaptation of David Sheff’s memoir, by the same name, about his experience with his son’s methamphetamine addiction. 


The film stars Steve Carell (The Office, Welcome to Marwen) as David Sheff and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) plays his young son Nic Sheff. The film Beautiful Boy perfectly depicts the emotional strain that the negative effects of addiction inflict on a family.



(L-R) Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell star in "Beautiful Boy", the on -screen adaptation of David Sheff’s memoir, by the same name, and drected by Felix Van Groeningen.



The most impactful scenes from the film were the heart wrenching moments in which Nic’s family desperately tries to reach out to him. Carell delivers a compelling performance as a father willing to go to extreme lengths to help his son. 

The film overall feels incredibly intimate. 


There are several simple mundane moments between Nic and his family that come off very natural. It feels like you’re watching a real life family go through this struggle. I want to give major props to Chalamet for taking on such an emotionally complex role. 


It is no easy feat reaching the level of emotional intensity required to portray a real life struggling addict on screen, however he surprisingly falls short for me. Chalamet does not give us a bad performance. 


There is a key emotional scene in which Carell’s and Chalamet’s characters are having a heart to heart moment, and Chalamet just feels flat. This was a pivotal moment in the film and it just doesn’t reach the climax that it should have.


Beautiful Boy is a film worth investing your time in to. It’s a genuine story about the strength of family bonds, love, and acceptance. The father son dynamic between Carell’s and Chalamet’s characters unfortunately isn’t all there. 


The film is good, but it doesn’t go the extra mile. I give Beautiful Boy 3 out of 5 stars. If you get a chance, I recommend checking this movie out. 


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