We’ve come to another double feature Friday everyone! This week I will be going a great distance to partake of two features that may be well-celebrated in a few months and I cannot wait any longer to see them both. Our first feature takes a look at the bond between a father and son and how strong and tenuous it can be over time and when substance enters the equation. Based on the highly acclaimed memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff, Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet walk in the footsteps of the Sheff family in this chronicle of heartbreak, addiction and reconciliation in Beautiful Boy.
Director: Felix von Groeningen
Written by: Luke Davies and Felix von Groeningen
Starring: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Christian Covenry, Oakley Bull, Kaitlyn Dever, Stephanie Scott, Julian Works, Kue Lawrence, Jack Dylan Grazer and Timothy Hutton
What am I expecting to see?: When I first caught wind of Beautiful Boy, I was riveted by the incredible chemistry between the two leading men (Chalamet and Carell) and I honestly believe that this could be their best performances. I think this movie will be dramatic and emotional as we explore seeing a father trying to save his son from himself and guiding him towards an emotionally stable path. I believe Beautiful Boy will be something to behold, if it is told with the same raw honesty the Sheff family depicted in their books.
The second feature of our double feature also borrows from the pages of history but that history of more widespread and known moreso than personal, but still from a personal perspective. In school, I believe we all learned about the space race; about how the United States was spurred into beating the Soviet Union by putting a man on the moon. We all know the legendary accomplishment N.A.S.A. and Neil Armstrong achieved in 1969 but despite all that we know now, I don’t think we saw the impossible story of the space race from the eyes of the man himself. Damien Chazelle teams up with Ryan Gosling once again in First Man.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Written by: Josh Singer
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Ethan Embry, Shea Whigham, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Cory Michael Smith and Olivia Hamilton
What am I expecting to see?: There was no way I was going to miss Chazelle’s follow-up to La La Land! After seeing Whiplash and La La Land, no one needs to tell me that Chazelle is definitely one of the best young filmmakers working today and him taking on the story of the moon landing and exploring the perilous dimension of it certainly sounds exciting! I’m curious to see what Gosling can bring to portraying a prolific American figure in Neil Armstrong and I don’t think I’ve seen Claire Foy perform before, so I’m excited to see what she can do. First Man has been a must-see for me for some time and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!