BEAUTIFUL BOY (2018) •This is a film where you know what you are going to get and it plays accordingly. Though it plays more brightly and positive then one would expect. So much so that it kind of leaves you floating at first.
It seems more to rely on the soundtrack at times to fill in what might be missing in dialogue or action.
So that it almost works as a jukebox musical on the broadway stage might only here cinematically it more feels like emotional manipulation hidden as soundtrack choices to ground the film into a certain time period.
It’s an addiction drama that does and do it have anything wrong with it. It just feels like something you have seen before time and time again. That doesn’t really mark itself as different and doesn’t seek to be that way.
Though it does feel more like a film made to be prestige. Something that In the past seemed more to cater to the awards crowd seeking validation rather than a film that needed to be made or story that needed to be told.
After a while it feels repetitive, What keeps you interested is the performances you get the emotions even if it all feels familiar and thence flourishes tried only cause more attention to be paid to them rather then drowning the story.
The acting is solid across the board. Steve Carell is believable and heartfelt as the father who feels like he can’t do anything no matter how much he tries.
Timothee Chalamet again gives a powerful performance as his drug addicted son. Who is your in and out of his fathers life and it never feels like he is giving over to acting over the top or showboating in a role that is pretty easy to do that in.
The film ends abruptly. Though it tries to send a message with the final image. Which is one of the powers of cinema and at times the film tries to this in other scenes as the landscape no matter good or bad, happy or sad always looks beautiful in the background. Which helps ground but also offers a opposite reflection of the mood to even more accentuate the tone by bathing in bright when it is dark, Almost spotlighting it.
It ends up more a study of relapse rather than street stories or rehab memoirs.
(2019) directed by #FelixVanGroeningen
with #TimotheeChalamet #SteveCarell #MauraTierney #KaitlynDever
The latest entry into the 'Timothee Chalmet wooing over academy award critics, being a slight drug addict and not lasting too cinematic universe' is Beautiful Boy. A repetitive, slow and emotionally tormenting drama about a father and sons relationship during a testing time in both their lives. Young Nic has recently experienced his family braking up, separating during his late teenage years which is a difficult time anyway, but being without his mother and having a slightly boring journalist father (Steve Carell? Boring??) doesn't do too well for him, he turns to a life of very heavy drug taking starting with the more weaker drugs but soon becoming addicted to Meth, causing him and his broken family to fall apart even more. Over a recent few months, Nic has been in and out of rehab but he keeps running away, running back to his dad (albeit temporarily) then getting back into drugs. And that's the repetition for a good majority of the film, it starts to get a bit tedious after a time which starts to take away from the films emotional core, just the fact that you see the same set of events when we've already got the message. When you look at many other aspects regarding the story its brilliant, the film rarely moves in favour of the characters, it can be very tough to watch at times even seeing the drug use and effects first hand and the effects on the person, no way is it glorified either. The performances especially from Chalamet are all really good, I was hoping for more from Carell as it is such a serious and testing role compared to what he normally does regarding comedies. Along with the repetition I found the music to be jarring, at times contradictory to the events on the screen and how powerful the music played, the same goes with some of the songs featured in the film, maybe just too loud compared to the soft dialogue. Beautiful Boy was a film that was profoundly better than I was expecting it to be, all around..,
First premiering at Sundance, LATE NIGHT has finally reached theaters and I’m so happy. Molly Patel, played by Mindy Kaling, is a “diversity hire” in the writer’s room for the creatively stagnant late night show run by Katherine Newbury, the always brilliant Emma Thompson. While late night talk shows are male-dominated on and off screen, this film offers a new take behind its writing. Kaling‘s first feature length script is from a different perspective and she’s clear in her priorities throughout this story - an undeniable point of view. Though it falls through the basic comedic structure, developing itself as a light and charming movie for its crowd, Thompson and Kaling’s performances make it seem effortless. I loved it.
Opening tonight: Late Night!
A late-night talk show host's (Emma Thompson) world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer (Mindy Kaling). Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.
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Odeon Limitless 337 - Late Night - “A late-night talk-show host suspects that she may soon lose her long-running show” - I have read very mixed opinions on this film. I am glad to say though that personally I really enjoyed it. Emma Thompson is on fine form playing the long serving female chat show host. Her character can be stern and stuck in her ways, but can display vulnerability and a sympathetic side in her development. Mindy Kaling is absolutely the sweetest in this film. Her character is true and full of heart while having to battle to prove her worth, initially being what they called a diversity hire and being the only woman on the writing team. While admittedly the film could of done with some big belly laughs I did find myself with a wide smile for most of the film and had a lot of good chuckles. It is not a film that has slap stick comedy or gross out humour. It’s an honest film with a simple plot involving real issues that can face women in the workplace and good performances from the yin and yang lead characters and sometimes it’s just nice to have something like this to enjoy. Also I loved having John Lithgow in this film even in a smaller role as he is always a joy whether he plays drama, comedy or bad guys. Written by Mindy Kaling and Directed by Nisha Ganatra. It’s 7/10 from me
Day 164 of the #365Project #EscapePlan
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Continuing with my “awesome-movies-that-dads-are-sure-to-love” marathon in honor of #FathersDay
this weekend, I going to watch the movie that finally paired up the two most iconic action stars in movie history. Well.....you know, except The Expendables 1 & 2. Ha Ha this movie is basically the equivalent of a MCU character’s standalone movie just before The Avengers. Ray Breslin is a gruff & chiseled Rambo-esque badass who knows exactly how to break into a prison. By researching every high-tech maximum security prison & learning a wide variety of survival skills, he’ll hope to be able to create the most escape-proof prisons in the world. Unfortunately for Ray, those skills are about to be put to the test. While on his latest job, he’s double crossed, framed & incarcerated in the very prison that he designed. But luckily for Ray, he meets an equally iconic aging action star with a Schwarzenegger-like physique named Emil Rottmayer. Now with two-thirds of Planet Hollywood joining forces, together they’ll come up with breakout strategy...Er I mean a liberation project...Er I mean an outbreak method. You know what? I’m sure there’s a better name for it, but I can’t think of it. But unfortunately the only thing that can stop the two geriatric action heroes from making it out alive is the sadistic warden Hobbes. From the director of 1408, The Rite & Derailed, comes another fun throwback to the awesome action movies of the 80’s & 90’s. Here’s my first viewing of the the team up between The Terminator & Rambo as they take on the literal son of God, Jesus Christ himself. Well....not really. actually it’s Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in Passion Of The Christ. For the first time.
Unlike a lot of movies, ‘Beautiful boy’ shows a depiction of drug usage in a truthful and painfully uncensored way, showing how if affects not only you but those around you. It covers the journey of survival, relapse and recovery to really help the viewers understand not only the pain it causes the user, but the pain it causes their families trying to cope with their addiction. With an ending that sticks in your head for it’s extremely emotional reasons, it’s a film that is so important to watch and appreciate.
It’s a heart wrenching story that has claimed many tears off many people, especially through certain scenes that cause only anguish. However, the knowledge of it being a true story only escalates the pain and empathy you both feel and show. It’s sad, it’s poetic and it’s a necessary story to tell that in all truth is quite hard to watch, especially to those who’ve seen someone they know or suffered addiction themselves which has severely impacted them - in which case it may be best to not recommend this movie.
But the performances. The performances are easily the best part of the movie. Steve Carell’s portrayal of the father is heartbreaking, showing he is an amazing actor in both dramatic and comedic cases (however thoughts of him in the office sometimes come to mind meaning you are at times unable to take him seriously). Timotheé Chalamet adds to these devastating portrayals as the addict himself, enough so I believe he’s deserving of an Oscar for supporting actor - though he’s sadly missed out on that opportunity. But together, they combined their acting skills to bring chemistry that made them feel like a real father and son which only added to the emotional scale of the movie.
In terms of the cinematography, I’m happy to say that as well had some great triumphs to help create spectacles you just love to look at. However the editing was at times quite rigid with flashbacks that sometimes didn’t really make any sense which made it confusing and awkward.
Late Night (2019): Late Night stars Emma Thompson as Katherine Newbury, a famous late night talk show host whose future on air lies in a new recruit, diversity hire Molly, played by Mindy Kaling. Thompson is her usual brilliant self as Newbury with a well rounded performance that oozes charisma in her comedic talk show persona whilst also delivering a fairly nuanced look behind the camera as her more personal side is well brought out. Kaling is solid in her role and successfully earns a few laughs but she’s not exactly a chameleon when it comes to acting. Having also wrote the script, her writing is the same standard: solid but nothing special. When the film tries to be funny, it does usually succeed but it’s the story and the pacing that has the issues. When the script reaches a point that would appear to progress either the story or characters, the status quo is maintained for several scenes further before giving the actual progression that the scene should’ve given. Some scenes also feel rushed with plot points and conflicts beginning and ending within a few minutes - this doesn’t fault the story as a whole but how the film goes about telling the story is quite flawed. The script also seems to change its mind constantly on its own commentary on hiring people for sake of diversity and, whether or not you agree with its outcome, it seems to jump to its final opinion quite suddenly. The comedy is well varied with visual comedy, clever use of character and dialogue, and even Family Guy-esque cutaways all on display and working more often than not. It’s a film that relies purely on the performances and the writing and where Thompson’s performance manages to carry most of the film, the script does hold it back enough to stop this film from being something truly special. It’s entertaining, funny, and still an overall good film with a solid premise, but Kaling still needs to brush up on her structuring and pacing to deliver a great script. Rating: 6.6.
I'm glad I decided to go see Late Night. It definitely exceeded my expectations. I had a blast watching this, Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson were both hilarious. 7/10