Movie Monday Review: Beautiful Boy


Frame from the 2018 Biopic “Beautiful Boy.”

Daniel Salomon, Video Editor

Beautiful Boy” is an excruciating biopic that tugs at the viewer’s emotions every chance it gets.

The movie takes the viewer into a tale of a father’s heartbreak, a son’s self-destruction and the damage drug use can do to one’s psyche and family.

Nic Sheff, played by Timothee Chalamet, is a charming young man who loved to read, write, surf and create art before he started using meth.

His father David Sheff, played by Steve Carell, is a freelance writer who only wants to give his son the best he can. Sheff does everything he can to help his son through his addiction, sending him to rehab, putting him through college and giving him emotional support.

David loves Nic and wants to do everything in his power to bring his boy back from the darkness that is his drug-addled journey.

Carell brings a tremendous amount of emotion to his role, portraying to the viewer an enormous sense of love, worry, guilt and anxiety.

Chalamet also gives an excellent performance, creating an emotionally manipulative, yet endearing character.

Director Felix Van Groeningen and cinematographer Ruben Impens create wonderful visuals for the film, especially during the scene in which Nic uses meth for the first time.

The sound was also a highlight of the film; using an atmospheric score and soundtrack—which includes songs like “Song to the Siren – Take 7” by Tim Buckley and “Svefn-g-englar” by Sigur Ros.

“Beautiful Boy” depicts a young man falling from grace and his father who’s trying to help him back up. It’s worth a watch.

Students can view the film tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in CALT 100, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement.