Review: In ‘Freak Show,’ the Boy Who might be Homecoming Queen
What can you say about an adolescent American boy who is actually able to accurately quote Oscar Wilde? You can call him precocious, yet inside the case of Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), who we first see quoting the Irish writer in addition to dandy in a flashback recalling sunnier times in his childhood, in which’s not enough.
Born into great wealth, the hero of “Freak Show” initially rhapsodizes to the audience about his mother (Bette Midler, going big in her scant screen time), whom he calls “Muv,” praising her as “a living testament to grace, glamour in addition to Gucci.” Life with Muv was sweet, yet after she enters rehab, Billy must reside at the mansion of his father (Larry Pine), who’s not happy about Billy’s rejection of conventional masculinity.
The kids at his fresh high school aren’t down with This particular either. Defiant, Billy wears Lady Gaga-style costumes to school, in addition to is actually brutalized for his trouble. In his recovery, he forges an unlikely friendship having a football star (Ian Nelson). The movie finds its ostensible plot about an hour in, after Billy decides to compete with an evangelical classmate (Abigail Breslin) for the title of homecoming queen. Laverne Cox can’t do a whole lot in her perfunctory role as a local TV news reporter covering the homecoming queen competition.
Directed by Trudie Styler, producing her fiction feature debut, “Freak Show” benefits coming from a vast array of talents both behind the camera (the cinematographer, for instance, is actually Dante Spinotti, a regular collaborator with Michael Mann) in addition to in front of This particular. Mr. Lawther is actually sympathetic in addition to appealing as Billy, yet Ms. Styler seems to mistake broad strokes for stylistic daring, in addition to her colorful yet diffuse movie never jells.
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