Manchester By the Sea


4/5 Stars

Summary: “Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.”

While I’m still not on the Best Picture bandwagon for this movie, I do think it is one to watch.  Just prepare yourself for one depressing thing after another, because spoiler alert, even the ending isn’t that happy.

The acting is incredibly well done and the story keeps you interested with bits of funny moments sprinkled in to keep you from feeling too depressed.  Told with a series of flashbacks, you get to see the main character, Lee, dealing with the death of his brother in a way that is heavily influenced by his past.

I think it could have been a great movie if it had been a bit more fast paced with some more comedic moments.  There are parts that dragged and felt like nothing was really going on.  By the end I felt like I had been sitting there for a lot longer than 2 hours and 15 minutes, though I’m sure the fact that I was stuck sitting in the second row of the theatre didn’t help.

For the average person, I wouldn’t recommend this, but if you’re into Oscar-worthy movies like I am this one is for you.


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