Beautiful Boy ★★★★★

I was nervous about this film going in, being a big admirer of the book. But it is possibly the most realistic depiction of addiction at a young age that I've ever seen -- right up there with Christiane F. Or maybe it just most accurately reflects my own experience of battling drug addiction. A masterful, music-centric exploration of abnormal psychology and substance dependence. Some viewers may take issue with the soundtrack structure, but I felt it flawlessly articulated all of the appropriate feelings associated with chemical abuse, and the destruction of everything in its wake. I am entirely emotionally eviscerated but, above all else, simply grateful to be alive.