Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea

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Today I had earned enough points with my Regal Clubcard for a free movie. I was torn between Passengers and Manchester by the Sea. Being that this is a review of it – I think you can guess what I went to go and see.

90% of the movie tries to tell the story of how Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is going thru life dealing with a big tragedy in his life. We meet his character going back home to deal with the passing of his brother, Joe.

Lee, though, already lives with a much more extreme kind of pain. You can see it in his smallest gestures and hear it in his flat, careful diction. The force of his pent-up emotion is terrifying, and so is the self-control he must exercise to keep it invisible. About half-way thru the film we realize why he’s carrying this heavy load on his shoulders.

How could anyone deal with such a disaster? How do you live with yourself afterward? Those are all questions that are given to the viewers.

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The only parts that bothered me with this movie were Michelle Williams and the ending. The ending will leave you feeling non-completed. I kind of got the vibe that they just wanted this story done and the writers weren’t sure where to go. Michelle Williams, while sometimes I think her performances are top notch, this was not one of those. I kept asking myself for anything memorable from her when it was over.

Enjoyable movie all and all. Was it one of the best of the year? Doubtful.

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