The film is high on performances. But the script somewhere falls short.
Ben (Lucas Hedges) comes home to his family on Christmas Eve. Now you’d think that’s a good thing but it isn’t as his rehab isn’t complete. Holly Burns (Julia Roberts) and her husband are especially worried as his return might have lethal consequences.
The film mainly shows the relationship between Holly & Ben. Holly does all that she can to help Ben despite knowing that whatever she does might not be enough. The narrative is brilliant until the focus remains on Holly & Ben. But the graph begins to fall as the track of their dog being stolen is introduced. Many twists ensue but they don’t add much value.
Julia Roberts is excellent. She’s very natural as she plays the mother of a troubled son. Lucas Hedges delivers a brilliant performance. His character has many shades and he pays all of them with aplomb. All the other actors do a fine job.
Ben is Back is good in portions. We give it 2.5 stars with a small kink.
Starring: Lucas Hedges, Julia Roberts, Kathryn Newton, Courtney B Vance Director: Peter Hedges The film is high on performances. But the script ...2.5