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Boy Erased Review

1 Nov

This is an overly dramatized package of forced sentiments that ultimately have nothing to say beyond “conversion therapy is bad.” Edgerton directs this like he’s making a thriller at times, framing his conflicts along the most rudimentary lines and relying on music cues more so than on character development. It’s quite unfortunate that none of the relationships between Hedges’ character and the boys his age are fleshed out at all. Everyone around him is a plot point, not a character, and that’s most evident in a late film turn that just feels lazily manipulative.

The same is the case for the older characters, whether it be Edgerton’s cartoonish villain or the parents played by Kidman and Crowe. The film manages to simultaneously sideline the parents until the last 20 minutes of story and still feel like it’s mainly in service of the parents’ arcs. Edgerton tries to have it both ways, parents and peers, but he weakens his main character by not committing to either before hurriedly tying up loose ends in the drama. The developments at the end just don’t feel natural. Hedges does a solid job overall, but there’s only so much he can do. Edgerton can make whatever he wants to make, but it’s not wrong to say that he’s maybe not the best person to tackle this subject.

GRADE: C+

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3 Responses to “Boy Erased Review”

  1. peggyatthemovies November 2, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Can’t say I’m surprised on this one. I’m not Edgerton’s biggest fan – especially when it comes to him directing and/or trying to do one of his numerous accents (he never does a role in his own voice – ever notice that? hahahaha) I’ve had opportunities for 3 screenings of this and for one reason or another, wasn’t able to go. I think I’m good! have a good weekend.

    • polarbears16 November 4, 2018 at 7:45 am #

      What did you think of The Gift?

      • peggyatthemovies November 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

        It was okay. I remember not loving it at all – but couldn’t say I hated it either. it was just a film to fill up some time is what I can remember. 🙂

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