Manchester By the Sea

manchester-by-the-seaWhat an absolute treat it was to witness the creativity of Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea. I’ve heard mixed reviews of this Oscar-nominated film mostly from people telling me how sad it was. I found it full of redemption and hope. A film that proves even when you aren’t ready, life has a way of pushing you forward. Casey Affleck stuns as the broken Lee who once again must return to his hometown of Manchester By the Sea, MA after fleeing to Boston years ago following a family tragedy. I haven’t seen Fences yet, but I can’t imagine hoping anyone else will get the Oscar other than Affleck. His character lives inside you throughout the film, haunting you the way only a truly damaged soul can. Michelle Williams’ role is small but holy hell mighty. I honestly wish she wins Best Supporting Actress. Yes, just for “that scene” for those of you who’ve seen the film. I was shaking and enthralled. Lonergan gave us one of my favorite films of all-time, You Can Count on Me. A perfect film in my book. He followed that up with Margaret, a quirky sophomore effort. Manchester By the Sea stands head to head with You Can Count on Me as a quiet, reflective, multilayered look into real lives and real people. Stunning. 5 out of 5 for this Oscar contender.


6 Responses to “Manchester By the Sea”

  1. thejewels18 Says:

    Yes, yes, yes. What a fine crop of films this year. Have been happily weeping through them all! Just saw Lion, Fences is next on my list…


  2. Says:

    I had heard that the movie was depressing and sad. I. too, found it sad but there was hope, realistic hope, not “we’re going to disneyland” hope. Real hope. I loved the movie. Thanks Charlie.


  3. thejewels18 Says:

    Hidden Figures is powerful. Got me all fired up and yes, made me weep. Though 2016 was torturous in too many ways it sure turned out some unexpectedly perfect films, storytelling at it’s best!


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