It is said that ‘recovery’ is a journey between denial and acceptance. Is there any guidelines on love,? Why is a particular sexual orientation labeled as ‘sinful’?, Is ‘conversion therapy’ an act of purity and goodness or its against the human nature?.
Director Joel Edgerton feature BOY ERASED based on a true story of Garrard Conley answers the above questions. Jared Eamons(Lucas Hedges), the son of a staunch Christian parents Marshall Conley (Russell Crowe) and Nancy Conley (Nicole Kidman) is going through a turbulent struggle about his sexuality. Jared liking for men results in his parents sending him to a ‘conversion therapy’ run by Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton) hoping that their son will realize his mistake and will be cured of his sexuality.
The world has had movies on gay relationships, even movies that showed how these ‘conversion therapy’ centers operate. “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” which created a sensation at Sundance is one example. Joel Edgerton takes a step further in BOY ERASED, the focus later shifts on parents and urges them to show respect and restrain if their child admits that he is a part of the LGBT community.
Joel Edgerton remarkably carries further the age old debate on homosexuality not a disease but a case of choice. BOY ERASED not only questions those mindsets who believe that homosexuality is a crime, but also probes on the acceptance level of the parents who many times are unaware due to lack of understanding and communication.
The movie is an insight on such centers and an eye opener to those who are unable to understand the LGBT community. It works at both levels.
Joel Edgerton comes with another solid feature after THE GIFT. The director is in no way willing to sensationalize the issue, even after having a scene where a boy is literally beaten at a mock funeral. The movie has strong scenes, valuable discussions, almost every frame says something and there is also a silence in those close ups that makes the audience come close to the reality.
The audience relates with the confusion, melancholy of the young Jared who fights against all odds and comes to terms with his sexuality and identity. The use of slow motion enhances the dramatic effect.
The pious, sensitive and bold coming of age saga is powered by some incredible performances.
Lucas Hedges is remarkably outstanding. Russell Crowe is brilliant. Nicole Kidman’s character gets stronger in the second half and the remarkable actress gives a top notch performance. The director Joel Edgerton as the conversion therapy centre chief is fabulous.
If you care for something pious, bold and sentimental then BOY ERASED is your ‘choice’ for the weekend.