The Boys Are Back
by Angela Robledo
A film about a husband’s journey as he copes with life after the love of his life dies, The Boys Are Back is a story that depicts the harsh realities that come along with drastic change. Joe Warr has a seemingly perfect life until the unthinkable happens: his wife is plagued with cancer. He is forced to take on the role of sole parental figure with his youngest son, Artie. Adopting the phrase “Just Say Yes,” Joe attempts to raise his son in a fun, loving, and lenient environment. Just as he grasps the vast transition, his son from a previous marriage moves to live with him from England. The boys bond and the three of them come together as a family. Even with a few hiccups along the way, Joe manages to keep his family afloat.
Heartfelt scenes and quick, raw lines, The Boys Are Back was without a doubt the most powerful movie I’ve seen all year. My eyes watered throughout the movie; sometimes it was out of sadness, but most of the time it was in complete appreciation of the beauty of the scenes and how they accurately illustrated real life dilemmas. I can usually describe movies down to the very last shot, but this time the words don’t come so easy. The only thing I can assuredly say is that this movie was wonderful. It was the most emotional and stunning I have seen in a very long time. It tugs at the heartstrings, and there was not a dry eye in the theatre.
(4 stars out of 4)