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Ben's back: the new drama of Julia Roberts's addiction has made the right balance



Ben is back (M, 103 min) Director: Peter Hedges ★★★★

It's been a few months of movies that have almost reached what they wanted to do.

Green book He thought he had something to say about racial relations in America, but then he became just a lesson about the ineffectiveness of tune-deaf comedy in the movie in hopes of earning this suspicious trick "cowd-delightful."

While Mule I thought it was a matter of suitable swimsuit – in a career that had more whistle than most – for Clinta Eastwood, but it just proved that a few moments of laziness and proclamation of all your female characters status objects can even make a movie about a real old fashioned sweatshirt in something dancing and incredible.

And by the end of 2018. Nice boy She was a chance to be a decent drama of addictions in the North American middle class, but she was just a little too bright and determined to really knock down her strikes.

Maybe I'm looking Ben came back more impressive than I should, just because it does not avoid some of the worst side effects of addiction, its criminalization and hypocrisy on which the criminalization is always based.

Or maybe I'm thrilled to see Julius Roberts back on screen and in a role that rightly rewards her ingenious inability to summon a persuasive figure, even from occasional too obvious dialogs and some pretty lumpen conspiracy.

Julia Roberts plays Holly Burns in Ben is back.

Julia Roberts plays Holly Burns in Ben is back.

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Roberts is Holly, Mother Ben. Ben is the eldest of two teenage children by Holly's first marriage and beloved brother of two of the youngest children for her. Holly's husband is Neil, a good man, but one who has been worn out by demands and stress to be a stepfather for an addict.

Ben – beautifully played by Lucas Hedges Manchester by the sea – unexpectedly came home early from rehabilitation. Months are clean, but we feel, perhaps because we know that every arch-addiction-story requires it, that Ben will come back.

Ben came back follows the expected beats for awhile and then redirects to a night-to-hell dive, as Holly and Ben find themselves needing to round off the Ben old dealers in search of something very precious for both of them.

Ben is Back contains a couple of exceptionally good performances.

Ben is Back contains a couple of exceptionally good performances.

Ben came back works well on his material, takes several unexpected outposts and undermines several clones of genre in a way that at least proves that someone has actually been thinking about this story, not just reducing what was before.

With a few exceptionally good performances, a somewhat intuitive yet silent masterpiece by New Zealand filmmaker Stuart Dryburg (Piano) And the often perceptible shift from writer / director Peter Hedges (Day in real lifeand Dad Lucasu), Ben came back achieves everything that is posted here.

The addictions of the drama are hard to ask to get right. Make them too big and real and you will never see them. They are too much to wash and release their own subjects. It seems to me Ben came back walks mostly successful line between the two of them.


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