Our Son | Review by: Gal Balaban

 Our Son stars Billy Porter and Luke Evans as a couple going through a difficult divorce and fighting over custody of their young son. The film focuses on the emotional trauma caused by divorce and the two men attempting to forge their identities as parents in the midst of a separation. The two leads are great, particularly Luke Evans in his career-best performance. Evans depicts his character's heartbreak, regret, empathy, and contempt with outstanding nuance. Andrew Rannells is also a very enjoyable supporting presence, and someone I wouldn't mind seeing in more movies.

The film explores ideas such as the ugliness of the legal divorce process and the harshness of divorce on a child, though these ideas have been explored in more powerful ways in films like Kramer vs. Kramer and Marriage Story. And though the visual look isn't quite memorable either, Our Son presents a script with enough depth and humanity to justify its existence, and offers a story that doesn't judge its characters as much as it shows them trying to forge a way forward under extremely difficult circumstances.

Our Son is available in theatres this Friday December 8th and on demand December 15th. 

Rating: 3.5/5

Review by: Gal Balaban 

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