It’s been 40 years since the original Halloween movie first came out, but it’s back. Film Critic Tony Toscano joined us in studio to discuss the franchise reboot as well as another film out on limited-release.
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
“Beautiful Boy” is a confusing film due to it’s hectic editing style mixed with jarring flashbacks, which makes nearly impossible to figure out where the story is precisely taking place.
The acting is problematic with Timothee Chalamet playing “Nic,” with an over-the-top performance with no soft edges. Either he is sitting quietly disdaining the world or he’s yelling at his family that they don’t understand him.
Steve Carell as “David,” Nic’s father, for the most part plays it very low-key with almost an arrogant “I understand” attitude. The tow performances are at opposite ends of the scale, and really cancel each other out.
In the end, “Beautiful Boy” never hits its mark and becomes rather ho-hum which pushes the audience away.
It gets a C and is rated R.
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
If you’re a fan of the original “Halloween” released in 1978, this new addition to the franchise will not disappoint you. The film, under the direction of David Gordon Green, pays attention and even embraces the film’s roots.
The film, while paying homage to its original, finds its own modern voice and stands on its own merits.
Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original and 3 other sequels, gives us a completely revamped character carrying the burdens and fears of the 40 year nightmare she’s been living. No longer a ‘scream queen,’ Laurie is now wiser, better trained and more prepared to face Michael Myers. This makes her a very formidable opponent.
All in all, “Halloween” is bloody, brutal and scary thriller perfect for the season.
It gets a B and is rated R.