Movie Review – Boy Erased

Movie Review - Boy ErasedI’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while now, but as I found out today, it was worth the wait.

Boy Erased is an award winning movie, period. My prediction is that this flick will need a mighty big mantle to display all the bling it’ll garner during the Awards Season.

The acting really didn’t seem like acting, as much as it seemed more like real people talking to other real people. Having grown up in Oklahoma, I have a very good sense of how a small town Christian community operates. Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman were spot-on in their interpretation of their characters, right down to the clothes they wore and the way they did their hair. Kudos to the makeup and wardrobe department for their efforts in making the characters all the more real. Lucas Hedges gave another spectacular performance equal to, or maybe ever better, than his role in Manchester by the Sea. Yeah, I think he may need a bigger mantle.

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With a subject matter so polarizing, I wasn’t sure how the material would be presented, but Joel Edgerton did a brilliant job showing us the emotional side of this societal dilemma, without resorting to Hollywood theatrics. Well done, Joel.

I rate my movies based on the target audience, but I honestly feel the target audience for Boy Erased is everyone — regardless of race, age, religion, or, of course, sexual preference. This is our world today; we can all learn something from this extraordinary experience.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: This was a steady drama all the way through. There weren’t many slow spot that usually makes for a good Peetime. The 2 that I did get were definitely squeezed in between ‘must see’ moments.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Boy Erased. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

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