Saturday 23 February 2019

Beautiful Boy review: 'A moving film, bolstered by two fine performances'

4 stars

Beautiful Boy stars Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell
Beautiful Boy stars Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Steve Carell is everywhere at the minute, and he's at his very best in this moving drama based on the true story of a father and his drug-addicted son.

Despite his parents' divorce, Nic Sheff (Timothée Chalamet) seems to have grown up into a well-adjusted young man.

But when he develops a crystal meth addiction, he and his family enter an extended nightmare. Despite its slightly dreamy aesthetic, Felix Van Groeningen's film unstintingly explores the strange world of addiction therapy, which at one point boils down to a cold-blooded severing of ties.

It's a moving film, bolstered by two fine performances.

(15A, 95mins)

Also out this week:

Paul Whitington: Mary Queen of Scots review - 'It might not be an entirely accurate history lesson, but it’s certainly an entertaining one'

 

Glass review: 'Hard to know how to describe it, but the phrase grandiose nonsense springs to mind'

 

Monsters and Men review: 'All the characters feel like adjuncts of an argument rather than actual people'

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