Brilliant Film adaptation of Boy Erased by Joel Edgerton

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Brilliant Film adaptation of Boy Erased by Joel Edgerton

Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), and Henry (Joe Alwyn). Two actors who experience mutual attraction for each other that later lead to sexual abuse.

Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), and Henry (Joe Alwyn). Two actors who experience mutual attraction for each other that later lead to sexual abuse.

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Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), and Henry (Joe Alwyn). Two actors who experience mutual attraction for each other that later lead to sexual abuse.

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Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), and Henry (Joe Alwyn). Two actors who experience mutual attraction for each other that later lead to sexual abuse.

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Based on the memoir by Garrard Conley, ‘Boy erased’ is an emotional true story of a boy named Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), a son of Baptist Pastors Marshall and Nancy Eamons (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman), who experiences the challenges of the fall out after telling his parents he’s gay. Director, actor and screenplay writer Joel Edgerton is phenomenal in capturing the emotions of a boy who visited a religious “conversion therapy” program.

I can not write anything further without mentioning that Lucas Hedges was an outstanding actor throughout this film which was definitely one of the most important reason why it has been so successful. Nearly 6 Million dollars in box office sales after a little over four weeks from release date according to Box Office Mojo and great audience responses all around. One of my favorite reviews was from Buzzfeed that said:

“A brave, powerful meditation on identity and faith, Boy Erased is the story of one man’s journey to accepting himself and overcoming shame and trauma in the midst of deep-rooted bigotry.” —Buzzfeed (Buzzfeed’s Hot Summer Reads)

Edgarton plays Victor Sykes, the leader of Eamons therapy program. During Eamons’ visits, he leads them all to believe that he, and all the people who were there, were homosexual because of the sins that existed with in their family tree. The therapy patients were taught how to look the part and to be aware of their appearance so that they could “fake it till you make it.” Boys were coached to “stand like a man”, with a wide stance and their chest out and weren’t allowed to cross their legs. Both Crowe and Kidman were equally impressive actors in the film as anyone can imagine. In the film, Mrs. Eamons initially accepts the decision that her husband makes to send him off to the conversion therapy program and that he must lodge at a hotel and not attend church services while he’s undergoing “treatment.” After taking her son to therapy and learning about what her son is learning Mrs. Eamons feels uneasy about the situation unlike his father who tells him to really try to be cured and to give it a chance.

Edgerton was strategic in the approach to his film considering the fact that within 2018 this isn’t the first film that dives into the topic of LGBTQ and abuse. The other book to movie adaptation that also touched on homosexuality is ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ written originally as a novel by Emily M. Danforth that reached 1.4 Million in the box offices.

Edgerton did not in any way make fun of, or put down those who still believe that homosexuality is a choice. He rather actually poked at those faith driven individuals and shares a moving point of view in hopes that maybe they can change their viewpoints. Both the directing and the screenplay combined, were able to jump in and out of the mind of a boy who is confused about his sexuality, who experiences abuse and who tries to not be an outcast by his own family. This list of movie qualities bring together an understanding of the suffering that many people have had to, and to this day still endure.

Edgerton created a film that encourages acceptance and love between families who find it difficult to accept homosexuality by adapting a New York best selling memoir into a visual artform. This film successfully represents teenage Jared Emonds’ homosexually categorized encounters and shows both the reaction of a victim of rape and the innocence of a young homosexual boy. This film has the power to touch hearts and change minds for three huge reasons. The first reason and most important, is that a brave soul named Garrard Conley, had  courage enough to allow strangers into his life and shared his story. Secondly, Joel Edgerton got his hands on that memoir and created a remarkable visual interpretation that then thirdly was executed by incredible actors who staged the story perfectly. An absolute must watch.

 

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Libni Galicia, News Editor / Writer

Libni Galicia is a San Diego native with a love for the water and music. She is on her second year here at Mesa College double majoring in Journalism and...

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