‘Ben is back’ is a heartwarming American drama movie released in 2018. Before its theatrical release, it premiered at Toronto Film Festival. Both critics and audiences loved the film. The film was nominated for multiple awards and even won some of them.
What Is The Film About ?
The movie follows a young man, Ben. He returns from his rehab, where he had been admitted for drug addiction, and says that his sponsor suggested a trip home might be a good idea. Ben’s mother, Holly, is very happy to see him and a little sceptical because she wants her son to heal and being here might hinder that.
Holly is also worried about how Ben’s sudden appearance may affect people around them. The story continues to peel layers off the characters. Ben’s past is revealed, and Ben and Holly’s relationship dynamics are dug up, creating a beautifully sad tale about healing, forgiveness, and love. A bond so strong between a mother and a son. It delves into what addicts go through and especially what people close to them go through.
Ben and Holly’s love is so graceful and fragile yet so strong, shown pretty vividly in the movie. Ben is on a journey, he might be back to his home, but his journey has just begun. The story is not predictable, but secrets are slowly revealed, placing characters in a tight spot.
The Amazing Cast And Crew
The movie has a brilliant cast, Julia Roberts as Holly Burns, Ben and Ivy’s mother, Lucas Hedges as Ben Burns, Holly’s son, Courtney B. Vance as Neal Beeby, Holly’s husband and stepfather to Ben and Ivy, Kathryn Newton as Ivy Burns, Ben’s sister, Rachel Bay Jones as Beth Conyers, the mother of Ben’s deceased ex-girlfriend, Maggie. The cast is filled with Academy.
The award, BAFTA and Golden Globe, etc., winners and nominees. It means only the best performances by the actors and actresses.
The crew isn’t an exception to the amazing people behind the movie and are themselves winners and nominees of the most prestigious awards in the world. It is produced by Margaret Chernin and Dianne Dreyer, among other producers. Music is by Dickon Hinchliffe, Cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh, and the direction and writing are by Academy Award nominee Peter Hedges.
Stream It Or Skip It
Even after all those compliments I gave the movie, You still can’t make out if it’s worth streaming or not. I’ll just put it directly out there. I’m not ashamed to say I cried. It carries such a beautiful message and just real and rooted characters who make you relate to them.
Just watch it and experience the magnificent way Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges own the characters and their vulnerabilities and strengths throughout the film. It has skilful writing and screenplay too. It’s worth at least one watch. So I’ll say do not skip this and stream it.
Where To Watch It?
The movie could be watched on Apple + or rented or bought on YouTube. So watch and enjoy.