Let me say straight up first, Beautiful Boy isn’t a film to enjoy really. Based on two memoirs, it follows Nic Sheff (an amazing and never better Timothee Chalamet) spiralling into addiction, and really centres around his Dad’s (David, being played by a typically modest, and astounding, Steve Carell!) attempts to help.
Some reviews have emphasised that the film’s structure too repetitive, but I think that misses the point. Definitely addiction seems to work in cycles, and as Beautiful Boy goes from recovery, to relapse, and vice versa, kudos to the director (Felix Van Groeningen) and everyone else, from not shying away from this.
All said and done though, I’d probably rate this a 4 out of 5 because all the same, there’s something about the narrative that feels “traditional” all the same. But overall, Beautiful Boy feels fairly honest, and I really recommend it. Just don’t expect the film to be comfortable viewing!