MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – REVIEW
“With a gut wrenching display, Casey proves that brother Ben isn’t the only one with a ‘super’ performance.”
From Director/Writer Kenneth Lonergan, ‘Manchester By The Sea’ delivers one of the most heavy hearted film displays of the year. Shooting itself deep into the Oscar race, it looks as if it could be the frontrunner to knock the whimsical ‘La La Land’ off the top spot in an upset.
Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler the film follows a devastating story of heartache and despair as troubles continue to brew for the Chandler family. The back story of protagonist Lee Chandler is enough to unsettle even the hardest of hearts.
‘Manchester by the Sea’ does a fantastic job of uncovering the layers of protection that movies often present to us. This film is raw, emotional and far, far away from your typical light hearted theatre viewing. Real life issues are fairly overlooked in today’s Hollywood productions, however every so often we are presented with little gems like this. Which unfortunately, due to the unexpected ‘feels’, greets us like a swift pound to the face.
Affleck delivers all the goods in what is simply a career role for the Actor. The way he portrays his character of Lee, is like no other. It is as close to a perfected role as you can get. Yes, we have seen a character ‘down and out’ before, but this time its different. Simply because, ‘we’ as an audience can actually feel his emotion through the screen as if we are following along in his footsteps in a rare, yet magnificent way. For the Kyle Chandler fans out there, his screen time is very brief. Yet your fix will be delivered in a satisfying fashion.
‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a stunning film, that can be seen as almost too real for some film goers. It delivers the hits, the emotion and everything else. Be warned as this film is not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for some light Sunday viewing this isn’t for you. But if you are looking for that nice change in emotional pace, or simply feel like having a cry. Go catch this film now.