Director : Kenneth Lonergan

Producer : Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Kevin J. Walsh, Lauren Beck

Cast : Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol, Lucas Hedges

Genre : Drama

Release Date : 18 November, 2016

Music Director : Lesley Barber

Awesome-o-metre : 8.0/10

Revue of MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Casey Affleck is Lee Chandler, a brooding handyman who gets a call one morning that his elder brother has passed on. While trying to come to terms with his loss, he is informed that he has been appointed as the guardian of his brother’s 16-year-old son, and things never remained the same.

Nominated for 6 Academy Awards, this is the movie that catapults Casey into the big league. His performance as a brooding melancholic handyman was extraordinary. Many people will not understand how difficult it is to pull off being a character that says little and in the little that he says, so much bitterness is expressed.  In the real world, we see a lot of people who are bitter, cold and unresponsive and we characterize them as snubs without understanding what they have been through, or going through. I have been guilty of that and it is something I struggle with but I try not to be judgmental and just accept everyone as they are…expect its pretty obvious that the person is just being an ass (a hoofed mammal of the horse family).

There was one peculiar thing about this movie and that has got to do with the way it was edited. The transition between scenes were by jump cuts, which were really abrupt and kinda weird but somehow appealed to me because this editing style allowed them to introduce flashbacks which though disruptive, gave the movie body.

To make the movie even eerier, there was little or no background music. There was just this unnerving silence that is interrupted by humming and even when there was music, there was just a piano and some strings which gave a foreboding of even more tragedy ahead.

That being said, if you aren’t really into deep movies and you just want to be entertained, then this is not the movie for you. There were times when the movie just kept stretching and you couldn’t see where it was heading.

Manchester by the Sea is a pretty good movie and is nominated for a lot of awards basically because of Casey’s acting and ramps an 8.0/10 score on my awesome-o-metre.

Have yourself great day today!

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