KeatonTarantino’s review published on Letterboxd:
Manchester By The Sea was a devastating yet “necessary” watch. It hit hard, but man it blew me away.
The first thing that comes to mind for me right now is how fast this movie felt. I didn’t feel the length at all! I don’t know if it was the exceptional screenplay, the compelling story, or a combination of the two, but I was completely sucked into this film.
That’s how you can tell a drama works; I cared enough about everything going on, to the point that it felt like real life. Needless to say, the writing was amazing. The dialogue was engaging, realistic, and very powerful.
The acting also made the movie feel more authentic. Casey Affleck gave such a real performance, if that makes sense. He was phenomenal because he never overacted; the subtlety really went a long way. Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams were outstanding, too.
To cut to the chase, this film was practically perfect in terms of technicalities. The editing, cinematography, score, and pretty much everything else came together beautifully.
My only complaint was that some of the flashback sequences were rather unclear at first. I’d hardly call that an issue with the script, if even an issue at all. I’m positive it wouldn’t be as bad on rewatch.
Overall, Manchester By The Sea was a riveting yet bittersweet drama. I have every intention to rewatch this sometime.