Dealing with addiction and confronting the long road to recovery is an unimaginably challenging process yet too often on-screen, films that tackle the subject matter struggle to convey this, that road seeming straight rather than long, twisting and filled with potholes. In Beautiful Boy, Steve Carell’s character is reminded that relapse is part of recovery, a tough reminder that sobriety is not easily obtained, it’s the result of oppressively hard work. The film, based on two memoirs from a father and son dealing with the latter’s addiction to crystal meth, is a grim endurance test that’s undeniably flawed but in doggedly aiming to portray this unbearable pain with rare authenticity, it has a raw, haunting power. Told in an often intriguing, often frustrating time-jumping format, we see David Sheff (Carell), realising that his 18-year-old son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) has been living a secret life. He tries to help but Nic is resistant and stints in rehab do little to steer Nic away from the destructive path he’s on. From the very first scene, that sees David admitting to an expert that his son is addicted to crystal meth, there’s a refreshingly matter-of-fact quality to the film, the opening acting as… Read full this story
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