Movie Review: Manchester By The Sea

Details: Released in 2016. About two hours and twenty minutes long. Stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler.

The reviews of Academy Award nominated movies continues. Manchester By The Sea is about a guy dies and leaves guardianship of his son to his brother (played by Casey Affleck). The story goes through this guy dealing with the situation and the handling of the funeral. We also learn about Casey Affleck’s character and about the trauma he deals with.

This story is meant to be a slice of life movie with an emphasis on normalcy and realism. There are some emotional scenes, but they are shot and directed to be… more real. You don’t get close-ups or dramatic cuts. The camera stays in place and you get a shot of the whole room and everyone in it. This helps convey the idea that we are simply watching this portion of these characters’ lives and that those lives will continue after the film is over.

All the actors do a fine job and help convey this idea of realism and a slice of life. The history behind Casey’s character is a little extreme, but still within the realm of believability. The film centers on Casey and Chandler (who plays his ward) and most of the screen time is on these two. It was actually refreshing to see some well-known celebrities in this film and that they only get a little bit of screen time, because in reality, you don’t see a lot of everyone in your life. You just see a little of them that one time.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and can see why it is nominated as the best picture of 2016. It’s slow paced, but I can see what they were trying to achieve. I’m not sure if it should win, but I do think its worth a watch.

Score: 7/10

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