Bring a box of tissues and a shoulder to cry on.
Not everyday a movie comes around that firmly grounds you and puts life into perspective. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, who received a oscar nomination for You Can Count On Me in 2000, Manchester by the Sea tells a beautifully tragic story about life, death, redemption, trauma and growing.
Casey Affleck gives a very honest depiction of someone who is still trying to cope with demons from the past, along with the death of his brother. The grief, depression, despair and melancholy is all over his face. It's all about what is lurking beneath the surface with Lee. It's quite clear that the tragedy that befell him is a constant thorn to his side. And when the tragedy is revealed, it's the most saddest cinema moment seen in a long time and goes along way to explain his mental state and behaviour.
It's no surprise Manchester by the Sea has received six oscar nominations; it's well deserved. Director Kenneth Lonergen, with only two other directing credits to his name but with a host of theatre writing credits including being nominated for a Pulitzer prize, is becoming well known for his masterful storytelling of tragic and conflicted characters. He knows how to write real people.
Originally Matt Damon was attached to the project but had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and offered the role to Casey Affleck. Thanks Matty. Although he did stay on as producer.
I can't beat it, I can't beat it. I'm sorry.
Written by Matthew Sabo