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The Son

I wondered if perhaps I went into this with my expectations tempered just a little too high, but the more I think about it the worse it seems to get. What it tries to tackle is a really broad, really complex, really sensitive issue. Unfortunately it doesn’t even come close to doing it any kind of meaningful justice.

Suicide and depression, especially in a teenage character, is something that really ought to be treated with the most respect a filmmaker can find. This didn’t feel respectful, but rather patronising. It felt as if the characters were giving the audience half-correct explanations on what depression is and how it should be approached, but without any substance or understanding. I found it, at best, manipulative and dull.

The biggest issue is the dialogue. It’s full of tropes and lines that are just impossible to act well. What I expected would be quite a touching experience turned out to be something you’d expect to find in a clearance section next to a Danielle Steele title.

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