Flash Movie Review: Ben is Back

AT WHAT POINT DOES YOUR TOLERANCE for disruptive behavior end? I can go for a while depending on the situation, but then I am done. Let me give you an example: there was a friend of mine who enjoyed going to the movies with me. I thought I did as well until she started talking during the film. Once or twice I am okay with, especially if they did not hear a line of dialog; but, asking questions and talking during the show is totally unacceptable in my world. She would ask me things like, “What do you think will happen?” or “I do not think that dress looks good on her.” Really?!?! This is a reason to open your mouth and talk during a movie? I thought not responding would stop the talking, but that was not the case. She kept up the chatter even after I pointblank asked her to stop it. Because she was a good friend, I had a dilemma on my hands. Do I stop going to the movies with her or find a different option? My solution was simple (at least I thought so); I told her she was more than welcome to join me, but she could not sit next to me because of the talking. She tried by sitting a few seats away from me, but after a couple of times she lost interest in going with me and I was okay with it.      THOUGH I AM STILL FRIENDS WITH that person there is someone else whose friendship I chose to end. We knew each other for several years. Since I was the only one with a car, a lot of our time together was down in their area. In those years they only ventured up towards me a few times, using public transportation or a car share. Everything was fine between us, always having a good time together. Then one time I asked if they wanted to see a theatrical production at a theater that was located near me; they agreed to see it. I checked on ticket availability and called them back later in the week. We decided on seats and I said I would go pick them up. They asked again the name of the theater and when I told them they asked if it was located up by me. Saying yes, they said they were not going to go “all the way” up there just to see a play. I realized right then this was a friendship of convenience on their part; it was okay for me to go down to them, but to come up to me was too hard? Since this was not the 1st time, I made the hard decision. Granted, not as hard as the decisions made in this dramatic movie.      HOLLY BURNS, PLAYED BY JULIA ROBERTS (Wonder, Secret in Their Eyes), had everything set to celebrate the holidays. But then her son Ben, played by Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased, Manchester by the Sea), unexpectedly showed up from rehab. This film festival winner also starred Courtney B. Vance (Space Cowboys, Office Christmas Party) as Neal, Kathryn Newton (Blockers; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Ivy and Rachel Bay Jones (God Friended Me-TV) as Beth Conyers. This film stayed alive because of the wonderful acting done by Julia and Lucas. Their chemistry together blazed across the screen. There seems to have been a few recent films that have dealt with addiction, which put this story at a disadvantage. There was not something to set this script much apart from the others that were done, except for allowing the actors to wring out as much feelings and emotions as they could, and they did. Nonetheless, this picture kept me engaged with its tough choices.


3 stars  


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 17, 2019, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. My tolerance for disruptive behavior is now zero; after a lifetime of giving my heart and blood to people, I now can’t stand anyone anymore. I can be a little more lenient with young people but when I see people of my age behaving irresponsibly – and I mean really irresponsibly, I live in Cambodia so you can just guess what’s going on here with both alcoholics and other addicts. Then, when I see people taking advantage of the most vulnerable only because they don’t want to make any efforts to put their together, I just can’t stand them anymore. People can be addicted to substances, prostitutes and luxury items and in order to feed the beast inside them, they need one thing: money. Nowadays, most people have become so greedy they can hardly remember the purpose of their existence and instead of seeing greed as the most alarming symptom of a suicidal society, it gets disguised as wealth. Money is the biggest addiction which can make people do the lowest immoral actions possible: human trafficking, child exploitation, sex slave industry, animal abuse and blah blah blah. Who am I talking to? As if the people out there didn’t know.. I’m so disgusted with humanity I wish I was no longer human. Let’s cut the crap and say it straight: a society based on competition and the exploitation of the most vulnerable does not reflect the harmony of Nature which is collaborative in every single aspect. If you see it, then you can do something to help out and make this place a better world otherwise, you can just become another of those people who add up to the mess. Enough is enough: I can’t wait until it’s all over! This movie looks brilliant, excellent acting and very good atmosphere, I’ll definitely watch it.

    • What you describe is not solely taking place in your country; it is happening all over the world. Sadly we are going further down into the depths.The key is to seek out like minded people to insulate one from the horrors taking place all around. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments.

  2. The last three movies i have seen here in Brisbane are: Bohemian Rhapsody, Mary Poppins and Storm Boy. All totally different, good story lines and enjoyable 5/5 . Next week I am planning to see Mary Queen of Scots.

  3. Wow! Wow to the MH comment as well.

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