This year is shaping up to be a battlefield between Lucas Hedges and Timothée Chalamet on their way to the Oscars next year as these two previously Academy Award-nominated Hollywood It-boys are both headlining two major dramas based on real life.
In “Boy Erased,” Hedges will be playing the son of a Baptist pastor who has been pressured to attend a conversion therapy program after being outed to his parents played by Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman.
The drama is based on Garrard Conley’s memoir of the same name is directed by Joel Edgerton who will also be in the film as the main antagonist. Focus Features will be releasing the film on September 28.
“Beautiful Boy”meanwhile is already gaining some Oscar buzz right after the awards season this year due to Chalamet charming the socks out of everyone during the year-long campaign for his breakout role in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name.
Beautiful Boy follows the story of a father, played by Oscar-nominated Steve Carell who watches his son played by Chalamet struggles with meth addiction. It’s an equally serious and controversial topic as Boy Erased and it’s based on David Sheff’s Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Beautiful Boy is slated for an October release by the Amazon Studios.
It’s also possible that in Beautiful Boy, Carell will be push for the leading category while Amazon will campaign for a supporting role for Timmy. If this would be the case, it could be a win-win situation for both young stars as they won’t have to compete against each other.I loved them both and I am super-excited to watch both films. I’d definitely be rooting for them to get their golden statuette early in their respective careers! ❤
I’ve actually been dying to watch this film since its trailer’s release and I got just what I’ve expected it to be. The film’s another look at Clark Kent’s more emotional past and mysterious history. For a chance to salvage at least a part of his dying planet Krypton, Kal-el was transported to Earth by his parents where he was adopted by his human parents and was raised as Clark Kent. Trying to be as normal as possible, Clark still struggled to find his place in life especially after discovering his super powers. Here, there was enough emotional sub-plots that would make you succumb in your room and listen to Five For Fighting “Superman” song humming “it’s not easy to be me…” Henry Cavill was perfect as Clark Kent. His seriousness somehow is all too depressing but that face is a Superman face made in heaven. The heaviness of his demeanor all throughout the film was successful enough in trying to maneuver the audience into the more intimate side of this most famous super hero.
The film can also boast of an incredible supporting cast from Amy Adams to Diane Lane and Michael Shannon to Kevin Costner. It was an ensemble that made it all possible for this film to fully realize its potentials and avoid being cliché at least 80% of its entirety.
My only problem is its 3D effects which I didn’t appreciate that much. I would’ve watch it on regular cinema and still feel the same about it – there was somehow lacking in this aspect but overall, it’s still to be consider as one of the best this year – by far. The elements of it being a franchise are all there – people just need to watch it and I’m sure they will!
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Russell Crowe