“The truth cannot be converted.”
Boy Erased a biographical drama film based on Garrard Conley’s 2016 memoir of the same name, is a gut-wrenching and a titillating exposé on the painful and traumatizing consequences of “Conversion Therapy” on one self’s mindset and way of living.
While this film does indeed dramatically narrate the true-life story of Garrard Conley, it, at the same time, also serves as an informative and a revealing statement on the very “real” and traumatizing subject that is Conversion Therapy. Boy Erased, cleverly, captures the psychological bullying and the pretext of spiritual healing that one has to go through in order to “heal” or “be saved” from his shameful “sins”.
The narrative felt uneasy and uncomfortable at times. That was masterfully prearranged by Joel Edgerton, who directed this film with so much tension. It is the kind of movies that still lingers days after, and it has the capacity to make you want to dive more into its theme at hand and know more on how you can help and make a difference and spark a change!
Although some acts may have dragged and were borderline apathetic, they still, flawlessly, aided the well-endowed revelation at the end.
This film skillfully captured the many layers and levels of its complicated and cavernous characters. It Tackled everyone’s point of view equally. It was fascinating seeing each of their individual characteristics come together and form a homogeneous and a consistent union throughout the entire runtime of the film. You can say that each Character arche and progression was so hauntingly satisfying to witness.
Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe perfectly embodied the essence of Boy Erased’ characters. The emphasis of emotions in their eyes, monologues and actions was effortlessly translated.
All of this was accompanied by hypnotic camera movements, emotional color palette and undertone and a thrilling and a horrifying score.
Boy Erased is far more than just a necessary film to watch. It is a full-on educational experience that knows how to capture its viewers attention!!
Jared discovers that he is homosexual and tells his family. However, his father sends him to a conversion therapy camp where he is introduced to some questionable philosophy and methods.
Initial release: September 2, 2018 (USA)
Director: Joel Edgerton
Featured song: Revelation
Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama…
Awards: AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay…