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Ben Is Back

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Vance , sister Ivy Kathryn Newton and half brother Liam Jakari Fraser and half sister Lacey Mia Fowler is rather facile, and includes some great interplay that is able to quickly document long established behavior patterns. The whole setup of the film is almost impossibly corny, with an almost angelic first look at Holly, who is of course at church framed by glowing stained glass windows getting ready for the holiday. Despite some impressive performances from both Roberts and Lucas Hedges, as a mother and son struggling with their relationship in the wake of the son's substance abuse problems, Ben is Back is a weirdly bifurcated offering that starts out as a rather penetrating analysis of one family's trials and tribulations, but which ends up tipping over into more of a standard melodrama as things both figuratively and literally go from bad to worse. During the 24 hours that may change their lives forever, Holly must do everything in her power to avoid the family's downfall. The film probably also relies a bit too much on scenes of Holly in near hysteria as Ben disappears in search of the dog and she fears the worst. The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray.

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Ben's wary mother Holly Burns welcomes her beloved son's return, but soon learns he is still very much in harm's way. Later, there's even a Christmas pageant that the entire family attends and some of whom participate in , but what's kind of interesting about this overt religiosity is that it's played naturally and sympathetically including Holly's joking admission that the family only goes to church once a year , giving a kind of believable moral compass to Holly as she navigates her troubled path with Ben. Most of the film plays out in smaller scale dialogue scenes, where ambient environmental sounds can occasionally dot the premises, even if immersion isn't incredibly notable. . You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. You can read Brian's thoughts.

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Ben Is Back

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That said, this is a film filled with cool blue wintry tones which are often quite effectively utilized, and which can provide often surprising amounts of fine detail. The film's portrayal of the blended family dynamic, which also includes Ben's stepfather Neal Courtney B. Kind of unbelievably, then, Ben is Back ends up really going for the hyperbolic gusto in its closing moments, with a series of events that seems designed specifically to achieve what didn't happen — award season recognition for Roberts. I noticed a brief flirtation of banding once again on the first Lionsgate masthead, but nothing of any consequence during the film presentation itself. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. There are a couple of nighttime sequences where shadow detail can look a tad murky, but even here there is precise resolution of things like the fabrics on some of the layers of winter clothing the characters wear, at least when close-ups are employed.

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Fidelity is fine throughout the presentation, and there are no problems of any kind to report. There's also a great early scene where an already concerned Holly walks in on Ben in his bedroom, seeing only his feet protruding on the floor behind the bed, and there's a clear if passing implication she briefly thinks he's had a relapse. That sets up the underlying plot dynamics of the film, as Holly, Ben and the rest of a now extended family due to a second marriage attempt to deal with their interrelationships. Aside from the kind of blanched December lighting, the film doesn't appear to have been overly aggressively graded in any major way, and the palette, while not especially eye popping, looks natural and nicely suffused. The upshot is that despite what some may feel are pretty hoary clichés in the film's first act come across with considerable force, a testament to the performance acumen of Roberts and Hedges. This whole over amped last section of the film is probably all the odder feeling since it contrasts so completely with what has been an undeniably dramatic but lower key opening section.

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Ben Is Back

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Performances here really help to elide any of the narrative hurdles, though, and both Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are excellent, helping to bring some heartfelt if at times manipulative feeling emotion to the film. Director: Writer: Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , » Ben Is Back Blu-ray Review Reviewed by , March 4, 2019 If you managed to get through the whole three hours plus of the most recent Academy Awards broadcast, you did get to see Julia Roberts, albeit as a presenter for Best Picture rather than as a nominee, even given the fact that some in the pundit class had considered her a likely candidate for Best Actress for her work in Ben is Back. For more about Ben Is Back and the Ben Is Back Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on March 4, 2019 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. Technical merits are solid, and with caveats noted, Ben is Back comes Recommended. There are any number of effective if sometimes rather brief moments like nice delineations of a kind of simmering sibling rivalry involving Ivy, who seems to resent Ben for getting the lion's share of parental attention due to his problems.

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Note: My colleague Brian Orndorf was somewhat less impressed with Ben is Back than I was. . . . . . .

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