Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

A phenomenal film, if you had any previous doubts about Kenneth Lonnergan’s mastery, it will be dispelled after watching this. 

The film gives a realistic look at depression and the affects of death and guilt. Affleck gives a performance like no other putting him in line with Streep and Hanks. Michelle Williams has only 8 minutes screen time and yet she was nominated for her 4th oscar, 'her scene' is one of the best portrayals of heartbreak and pain in film. Lucas hedges delivers an outstanding performance, his fragile build up of pain and anger echoes the real effects of death and the shock of it which often later develops in outbursts of rage and panic attacks. 

The heartbreaking story is extremely tragic with a new death followed by flashbacks of yet another previous devastation, the film seems to be have been based on the works of Shakespeare or another tragic play wright like Sophocles, the event of indirectly and unconsciously killing your own children is awful, presented in a film only Lonnergan and Affleck could pull it off.

The film shows the ugly beauty of pain and suffering. The perception of Lee on the outside is a man of rage and sadness but learning of his horrific experiences in Manchester the audience comes to understand his decisions and actions more and more. By the end we are conflicted about the position he is in and feel like we are carrying his pain. 

One of the best depictions of grief and utter humanity in cinema.