Manchester by the Sea is the perfect example of a film that is a truly impressive piece of art but is eclipsed by big superhero blockbusters that leave smaller films earning little money. It is for this reason (and that the film is brilliantly entertaining) that I urge you to see this film in the cinema. Starring Casey Affleck (The Finest Hours, Triple Nine), Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird, The Zero Theorem), and Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom, Quitters), this movie is an incredibly well-written emotional rollercoaster that earned Affleck a Golden Globe award for Best Actor. This Globe was well deserved and Affleck delivered the performance of a lifetime, possibly even eclipsing the quality of any of his brother’s acting work!
When Joe Chandler dies from a progressive heart desease, his brother, Lee (Affleck), is left with an unexpected duty in Joe’s will; his son. Lee has history giving him emotional reasons that he cannot have fatherly relationships and must overcome these in order to properly look after his nephew.
As always, continuity errors do occasionally occur and the very last scene is cut off at an unusual time. Other than this I have no complaints.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
1) When Patrick opens the freezer in the kitchen, you can see Gardein products in the door. Gardein makes vegan meat substitutes. The film’s lead, Casey Affleck, is a vegan and might have been involved in the placement of the products.
2) Manchester-by-the-sea is a real town on the north shore of Massachusetts.
3) This is one of the first films distributed by Amazon Studios to earn buzz for the 2017 award season.
Be sure to read my post on How colours are used in film to manipulate our emotions or why Iron Man will die in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’