Focus Features has a strong slate this year as and they intend to do the most with their films. “BlacKkKlansman” still holds strong potential for the Oscar race, with Spike Lee, Adam Driver, and John David Washington all seeking nominations. “On the Basis of Sex” has begun to build real buzz ahead of its AFI premiere. However, one of their stronger contenders appears to be “Boy Erased,” by Joel Edgerton. Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman continue to receive rave reviews for their performances. Today, Focus Features continues to push the film with a new trailer.
“Boy Erased” follows the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a pastor who comes out to his parents. Due to the family’s strong religious beliefs, Jared is sent to a conversion therapy center (run by Edgerton). As the workers at the center work to break Jared, he struggles with his sexuality and desire. His parents face their own choice, to accept their son or lose him from their lives.
Hedges and Kidman have received the bulk of the strong reviews over the past few months. Edgerton has also received praise for his direction, a follow-up to his acclaimed “The Gift” from a few years ago. Another worthy performer receiving strong reviews is Oscar-winner Russell Crowe. The group of actors assembled does an excellent job with the tough subject matter.
The turn towards the inhumanity of conversation therapy centers is accentuated in the new trailer, pointing to the fact that 77,000 young men and women are currently in similar situations. Adding the extra level of relevance helps raise the importance of the film, and works to raise awareness. This allows “Boy Erased” to rise above being a mere Oscar contender which should help its profile.