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Manchester by the Sea (2016)
A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
Of course I had heard about this movie and I knew that Casey Affleck was nominated (and won) for best actor, so I finally got a chance to see it this month.
I think it’s great that movie and TV has changed so much. Here is a movie made (or produced, I don’t know the technical term) by Amazon Studios that goes on to win two Oscars. That’s very cool and interesting that we can literally have Oscar winning movies watchable at home the same time they are in theater. Anyway on the review. The movie is a little slow at first, it takes a while before we learn what happened to Lee (Casey Affleck) to make him so depressed.
While the preview made it clear why Lee has to move back home (the death of his brother), it’s his past we are unfamilar with and learn through flashbacks during the movie. All the while Lee has to cope with suddenly being a father figure/legal guardian and try to adjust to life back home in Manchester.
Excellent acting throughout this film. While Lee is predictable (though he did surprise me at the end), Affleck does such a great job with this troubled character that you don’t mind at all. It’s a sad movie as it ultimately is about a man who is so broken by his past (and the mistakes he made) that he is unable to find happiness/forgiveness/peace in life. For this movie truly you can never really go home again. Not for children, coarse language, some violence and sex scenes, ages 17+. My only complaint would be I did find it long at times, it could have shaved off 15 minutes or so. Still a solid 8 out of 10 from me and a recommendation for anyone who enjoys Casey Affleck and doesn’t mind a (somewhat) depressing film.