Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★

Okay, I braced myself for a dose of depression there, but it was a surprisingly calming experience…

Manchester by the Sea is a slow-moving, superbly acted take on how it feels to overcome trauma, only to fall into grief. Casey Affleck is such an underrated actor, and this might be his best work that I’ve seen to date. That police station scene was honestly riveting, breathtaking acting from him. Lucas Hedges is also fantastic in the film and helped carry much of the comedic force the film had in store. The script is sharply written and has some interesting things to say about depression, while also holding relieving bits of comedy here and there. It’s not as emotionally impactful as I thought it would be, and I felt like I’ve seen this story many times before, despite the wonderful execution. It is also very long, running close to 2hrs 20mins, and there were moments when I really felt the length of the movie, but in the end, it was quite entertaining, and the acting pretty much carried it from start to finish. It remains tonally consistent the whole way through, maintaining this quiet, dramatic feel, reminiscent of films such as Inside Llewyn Davis, and I really appreciated that about it, I just wish it had hit me in the gut a little more than it did.

78/100

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