The true story of Nic Sheff's drug addiction and his relationship
with his father David as his family tries to cope with his choices.
Beautiful Boy (2018)
Directed by Felix van Groeningen
Written by Luke Davies and Felix van Groeningen
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell,
Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan
Based on the books Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
and Tweak by Nic Sheff
Beautiful Boy is a true story about a father and his son who battle drug addiction together. Nic (Chalamet) is a young dude who is always looking to score some drugs. His dad (Carell) is a writer for The New York Times and his best friend in some ways. The film ties two books together that offer perspective from both the father and the son. It was a complete disaster at the box office, but it’s an Amazon original and will always be on Prime for us to enjoy.
Carell has become an incredibly versatile performer and this role adds to that packed resume. The real treat here is getting to watch one of the best young performers working right now. Chalamet completely drowns himself in Nic’s world of getting high, writing poems, and listening to Nirvana. I’ve seen every film he has been in and he truly is someone to cherish. The film itself moves at an odd pace at times. It seems to be really difficult to show the true effects of being a drug addict in the duration of a film. There’s only so much time and with this particular film, I find that the plot gets convoluted during some stretches. If you decide to watch this film, please stay until the end credits. It's quite possibly the most powerful part of the entire film.