Beautiful Boy Reviews
While the fallout from the unconscionable number of tragedies that inspired this film tends to focus mainly on the perpetrator, then on the victims and their families, "Beautiful Boy" wisely forces its audience to think about the side of the story that is rarely heard.
This heavy handed use of ambiance scenes that drown the viewer in meaningless footage is apparently a long montage of high-minded attempts to use silence and expression to evoke moods that have no framework. Instead, combined with the trying-too-hard trendy camerawork and frankly offensive stench of pride in amateur sloppiness, the viewer is immersed in inscrutable, useless, long pauses in a story that barely begins and never really concludes. The shooting, its cause and questions are so removed from the script that it may as well be any other soap opera episode about a souring marriage, complete with 15 minutes of motel chat about vending snacks, booze and dreary sex.
Every eventual scene-change defibrillates the viewer into remembering there is actually a movie happening, and the amount of protracted scenes that do nothing are such exercises in still-life that one could be forgiven for whistling in the middle of the film for entertainment. It's the sort of movie that you applaud in the end because it's finally over, and when the credits finally roll, it feels like a confession that the director had no real point after all and just wants to quit trying once the 90 minute mark is hit.
Whatever film festival accolades this film so blatantly sought in this art-house coma of a screen-play, where the blank paper it's typed on contributes as much as the ink, the questions it leaves for the audience aren't 'how would the parents of a school shooter see things?' or 'what impact does violent raging massacres have on a young murderers family?'. No, the question this film leaves the audience with is 'What games do I have on my phone while I wait for this slide-show to finally end?'.
(2010) Beautiful Boy
Okay, in order to watch this film you first have to consider it's stars Mario Bello and Michael Sheen because they're exceptional in this film. The second thing one has to consider is it's subject matter which is not excusing anything that happened. The title "Beautiful Boy" was a description of what two average parents used to have as opposed to what happened later for they become victims themselves without realizing it. This is a film that is necessary to anyone who still have their children and may have to begin to break away from their parents because it somehow prepares you for the worst that can happened. And it can affect a persons job, how other people may see you and etc... which no parent won't want any other parent to go through.
3 out of 4 stars