This dramatic movie tells the story of a man named Lee Chandler, who is shocked to discover that his late brother made him the guardian of his teenage son. Taking a brief break away from his janitor job, he returns to the hometown of where his family has lived for generations and must face the demons that he left behind. The movie stars Casey Affleck, who delivers a very emotional and personal performance that captivates you throughout the film. I felt like this was a very profound and enjoyable film that brought many feelings and emotions to light that we never really think about. I would rate this film 5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
A very well made, worth watching film. I find most of the movies in the last few years to be either mostly superficial, overly dramatic, or just made in poor taste. The comedies are, well, just bad. So when I stumble upon a movie that is recent AND good, I'm surprised. This film is one of those exceptions. My only warning , if you choose to watch it is that the story is extremely sad, and tragic.
I have to say I'm quite astonished by the vitriol that this film is receiving in some of these comments. Is it because the film deals in a heavy emotional dilemma that has no easy fixes or answers- and that it does it in a way that is solemn using flashbacks and humor? All I can say is that the movie is definitely touching a nerve- something which indicates the film is successful on many levels.
If you've never seen an art film or " indie " film before, you might want to skip this movie as it requires some critical thinking in watching it.
The first time that I saw this film, I felt as if it was a bit overwhelming. I left the theater puzzled as to why it got such rave reviews. My initial thoughts were that it was too long, boring, and very depressing. With that said, I decided to give it another chance, and I'm extremely glad I did. As for those wondering why I would want to subject myself to a film that I initially didn't like for a second time; it's because I like to keep an open mind. In the case of this film, I really wanted to get a better understanding of what it was all about. Having seen it again, I was better able to grasp the complexity of the characters. If you absolutely hated it, I can understand your feelings. You might, however, want to give it another chance, as in the end my verdict is that it's a masterpiece. It's not a funny film, but it's down to earth and real.
Slow moving, working class families, dark, depressing, relevate, someone filled with quilt, dysfunction, hits home for some - good acting..........
A rich and powerful masterpiece starring Academy Award winner Casey Affleck as a working-class man overpowered by love and loss. Skip this movie if you have the attention span of a gnat.
What was the point of this film? It literally tries to portray what it's like in real life for someone dealing with the death of their brother, but fails in any way to be realistic, which it believes it is. Don't waste your time with this debby-downer that has no conclusive ending. This is a waste of time, money and effort although the music was fantastic!
Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan in 2016, this American drama depicts the tragic death and its aftermath.
Although the performances of the major actors appear great, the film seems too downbeat and too slow-paced.
I just don't like this kind of bleak film.
a vulgar man responds to an assortment of existential problems in, not unexpectedly, a vulgar manner, all testosterone and no intelligence, brawn instead of intellect, in a community that isn't much more courteous than he is, but cowed rather by him, it's not pretty - a million dollar production, however, cinematography, acting, etc., everything except for the confusing editing, about a two-bit, unedifying, uninspiring man - don't bother
Slow, the music sucks, and Casey Affleck sleepwalks through the entire film.
He does not offer the intensity and suffering that the story demands.
Because of which I never felt a connection with the enormous loss and burdens he must carry.
It was a decent movie that felt like a lost opportunity.
I wanted to like this movie, I really did. And trust me, there were scenes were I was really into it! At the same time, I simply did not like Casey Affleck's character. He was just so afflicted at all times and it made the role feel slightly overdone.
" Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief. "- Phil De Semlyen
This movie should have won the Oscar for Best Picture. It's an original film that I found to be truly affecting, something that is quite rare in such a cynical society. The performances were outstanding all around, and the direction is purposeful and quite masterly.
This film might not be for everyone as it demands some patience and empathy from the audience.
Ever so slightly overrated but if you lower your expectations it is a worthy watch.
After watching this dvd, I am not at all sure how it rated any Golden Globe Award nominations. The acting was purely mechanical, uninspired, and amateurish with few exceptions. The plot was very thin and the fast forward button became my best friend with all of the dialogue. I would rate this as a class C movie at best. If you want to be bored and depressed, give it a watch.
This is a character-driven story with a heavy, emotional theme. Michelle Williams is superb and so is Casey Affleck. It's heartbreaking at times, but well worth the viewing time. I agree with other reviewers, it deserved an Academy Award. An interesting note, the film was purposely shot on dreary days to set the mood for this film.
Overall good movie but heavy subject. I kept getting the 2 brothers & their wife's mixed up & had to rewind to figure out who was who. It is not an easy movie to follow.
I really object to all the cursing, but it's an interesting concept: what happens to estranged family members under duress of loss of life.
A slow movie about quiet suffering and painful outbursts of the uncle who reluctantly becomes the guardian of a typical teen after loosing his own children. Good acting, nice choice of classical music.
Finally someone is telling the story of the angry white working class male in America.
I hated this movie. Slow moving. Boring to tears. I can't believe it got an award.
I thought this was an extremely boring movie. It was all over the place as to the people and timeline. The scenes on the boat were beautifully framed while the rest of the scenes were very dark or grey. I would give it one star.