Review: Beautiful Boy (2018)
What happens next?
David Sheff (Steve Carell) is determined to help his oldest son, Nic (Timothee Chalamet) overcome his crystal meth addiction. But like with any addiction, nothing comes easy.
Not to be confused with the other Beautiful Boy - I've never read the pair of memoirs this film is based on, so I can't speak to its accuracy or if Hollywood came in and romanticized anything. (Hello, The Glass Castle) One thing that sticks out is that it seems like everyone involved did their research when it comes to addiction. It helps having both books as guidelines, on top of one of the writers being a former addict himself.
This film feels very sincere. It is quite by the books as far as these dramas go but it never once fell into cliche or Hallmark movie territory. It helps that the cast all around is fantastic, right down to the young actors portraying the Sheff's younger children and the scenes of young Nic. Everyone looks natural.
Carell and Chalamet both give tremendous performances. You can tell David wants to be a good dad but he's hurting and his determination to help his son is commendable. Chalamet is never over the top playing Nic. He could've easily gone the overboard tweaker route and he never does. He's really an extraordinary young actor.
Ultimately, I think Beautiful Boy may be a bit forgettable as time goes on, but it's a well made film with an excellent ensemble cast. Come to think of it, this is the strongest group effort I've seen so far.
Memorable Quote: "I'm done." - David Sheff (Steve Carell)