The latest Beautiful Boy trailer offers another look at Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet's (now, acclaimed) performances from the true story-based father/son addiction drama.
Adapted from the memoirs by David Sheff (Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction) and his son Nic (Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines), Beautiful Boy marks the english-language debut for Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen of The Broken Circle Breakdown and Belgica fame. The film explores how Nic's (Chalamet) relationship with his father (Carell) grows increasingly strained with time and age, even before he develops a crippling drug addiction. With the help of his family, Nic thus begins the long journey to recovery, even as he struggles to avoid relapsing time and time again.
Following its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Amazon has released a new trailer for the film that (like the first Beautiful Boy trailer) places the spotlight firmly on Carell and Chalamet's performances - now with the aid of critical pull-quotes. The movie will continue to play on the film festival circuit for the next month, leading up to its limited U.S. theatrical rollout in mid-October. You can watch the new trailer in the space below.
On the whole, the early critical reception for Beautiful Boy has been generally positive thus far. At the same time, it's already beginning to sound like most critics agree that Carell and Chalamet's performances here outshine the movie around them. That arguably comes through in the film's latest trailer, which suggests that Beautiful Boy is very much an important film that deals with a sensitive topic in a delicate manner... but not necessarily one that leaves a strong emotional impact or stands out in terms of sheer craftsmanship.
For related reasons, Beautiful Boy is already being overtaken by its film festival competition (like A Star is Born and First Man) when it comes to generating awards buzz. Of course, the fall movie season is only just beginning and that outlook could (and, in certain cases, definitely will) change by the time these films start playing in theaters for the general public in the months ahead. It's possible the conversation around Groeningen's memoir will have also evolved by that point - and maybe even for the better.
However things shake out in that regard, it's encouraging to hear that Chalamet is continuing to earn his stripes as a young character actor. He only just broke-out last year with his performances from the Best Picture nominated Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird, and now has future roles lined up for Greta Gerwig's Little Women and Denis Villeneuve's Dune. Between those projects and his Beautiful Boy role, Chalamet's onscreen future is sounding (pretty dang) promising at the moment.
Source: Amazon Studios
- Beautiful Boy (2018) release date: Oct 12, 2018