By: Sam Ossip
Beautiful Boy is a film that explores a family’s struggle with addiction and that explores different perspectives. This film combines the stories from the individual memoirs by both father and son, David and Nic Sheff. This film shows the power of family and love in a tumultuous situation like dealing with an addiction.
Timothée Chalamet is back with a stellar performance as Nic Sheff, a methamphetamine and polydrug user. You feel the pains, the aches, the happiness, and the euphoria with Chalamet’s captivating acting chops. Carell plays a worried father very well, and this more serious role really suits him. In my opinion, this is some of his best work. Throughout the film, Carell’s character just tries to understand the disease that plagues his son, and he goes to extreme lengths to understand his son’s addiction.
This film explores the different perspectives of addiction in marvelous fashion. You could say that Carell plays the lead role in this film, but I think the focus is equally split in importance between the characters. This, in conjunction with Carell’s performance as Nic’s father and what it’s like to deal with someone else’s addiction, is extremely important. A lot of times when talking about addiction, we don’t get to see more than one side of the story.
At 2 hours, the film seems a little long, with certain scenes feeling a little unnecessary at points, but overall it really shines a light on a tough subject that is one of the biggest epidemics in our society right now: addiction. Overdoses are one of the leading causes of death of people under 50. We need more films and facets of media to talk about this problem, and help the general public understand the problem better.