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|Regie:||Felix van Groeningen|
|Laufzeit:||About 120 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
David Sheff (Steve Carell) and his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) always had a very special relationship that was characterized by friendship, respect and trust. But apparently unnoticed came a point at which Nic slipped away from his father. Now he's a drug addict, and he's conducting the intoxication, lies and breaches of trust of his life. David, a successful journalist, wants to learn to understand his son in order to be able to help him. But it seems unlikely that he will get his old Nic back. Is there even a way out of the drug swamp for this boy?
"Beautiful Boy" is based on the two autobiographical bestsellers by David Sheff and Nic Sheff. Director Felix van Groeningen, who was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his outstanding work "The Broken Circle", celebrates his US debut with the drama. And unfortunately the influence of Hollywood is also clearly noticeable. There is only little left of the somewhat unconventional style that has made up his previous movies in this rather conventional drama. That doesn't mean Beautiful Boy is a bad movie. Not at all. But especially in comparison to "The Broken Circle" a lot of emotional potential has been given away. That's just a shame, because the Flemish filmmaker has already proven that he is able to translate difficult material in a very powerful way.
"Beautiful Boy" also has a very strong element and those are its actors. Timothée Chalamet, who has belonged to the first league of Hollywood young stars since his role in the critics' favourite "Call me by your name", is just as convincing as the drug-addicted showpiece son as Steve Carell, who otherwise subscribes more to comic roles. He credibly embodies the loving father who just wants to understand what is happening to his son and would do anything to help his boy. The two actors carry the film, but they also have a hard time carrying the audience along. Julia Roberts did this much better in the very similar "Ben is back" recently.
Felix van Groeningen has transformed the books of David Sheff and Nic Sheff into a drama worth seeing about unshakable fatherly love and untiring hope, which is well played and at times very well staged, but in the end falls short of its possibilities on an emotional level. A good, but not very good film. But there is still a proper one for that: Worth seeing!
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