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Boy Erased could have been more sharply etched, all told - there's something naggingly indistinct about it. But the lessons of Conley's experience fight manfully, all the same, to punch through and be counted.
It has some strong elements, most notably Hedges' deeply layered and very subtle portrayal of the tormented Jared... It is a pity, though, that Boy Erased doesn't take us anywhere we haven't been before.
It's a slow build to a Lord of the Flies scenario and a predictably tragic climax with a touch of gothic horror but everything else about the film is imbued with such restraint that it's all too believable.
The film boasts a range of great performances by fine actors, including the up-and-coming and soon to be ubiquitous Lucas Hedges. It also offers a screenplay penned by Edgerton that treats the subject and its opposing views with care and consideration.
Proving again that he's one of the best actors of his generation, Lucas Hedges shines alongside Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe in this harrowing real-life tale of a gay teen whose parents send him to conversion therapy
Instead of just tickling your tear ducts, the vindictive physicality of conversion therapy coupled with Edgerton and Hedges' confidence and resolve throws a sucker punch that leaves an aftertaste of necessity, rather than sentimentality.
While Edgerton's fractured approach has a frustrating way of compartmentalizing his characters... "Boy Erased" regards everyone with such raw empathy that even its most difficult moments are fraught with the possibility of forgiveness.