Tuesday 13 November 2018

Film Review: Boy Erased

Boy Erased
12 November 2018
114 mins
Joel Edgerton (Director) 
Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents. (IMDB Synopsis)

With Boy Erased Edgerton delivers a drama all the more emotional when you think that it is based on true events. What I liked about the film was its careful balance. It probed the terrible actions that take place in conversion camps, but it did so in a way that avoided making accusations. Rather, it considered what had led the parents to send their son to such a place, and what might make them change their views. All the leads delivered excellent performances, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, as I waited to see how things would conclude. There are some confronting moments. Is that enough to require an R rating? I was a bit on the fence about that. It left me wondering if it would have gotten away with an MA-15+ had it not been LGBT. But who knows? Overall, though, this is an excellent drama and well worth a watch.

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