Significantly Less Innovative Than Boyhood, But In Its Way A Better Movie
Though the thing is, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You was a much more interesting film–and most importantly, more watchable–despite being not as innovative (considering that Boyhood took 12 years to make, few films are going to compare when it comes to that score).
My primary issue with Boyhood was that there was little in the way of drama about the central character, though perhaps I should rephrase that: All the drama was literally around him. His mother had things happening to her, his father (and her ex-husband) as well.
Mason (Ellar Coltrane), not so much.
But Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (possibly one of the worse movie titles ever) is different. The movie revolves around a young person, James Sveck (Toby Regbo) who’s entire family is remarkably dysfunctional, self-involved or just plain weird and he’s doing what he can to just keep remain afloat.
Another similarity to Boyhood is that James is also a child of divorce, though unlike Mason, he reacts and is effected by everything that goes on around him (a tendency that decreased as Mason grew older).
He’s a clever, and strong-willed individual, but he’s also young and hasn’t quite defined who he is or what’s he about quite yet.
He needs help, but doesn’t know how to ask for it. You won’t necessarily like everything James does–because he’s a bit of a dick at times–but that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s an engaging character, unlike Mason, who was a bit of a tabula rasa.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You is currently on Netflix.