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Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea introduces us to Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a grumpy janitor who also lacks social skills. He receives a phone call from the hospital in Manchester notifying him that his brother, Joe Chandler (Kyle Chandler) is gravely ill and he must come to the hospital immediately. Once Lee arrives at the hospital, he is notified that his brother has already passed away.

We are then introduced to Lee’s son Patrick Chandler (Lucas Hedges), who is notified by Lee of his father’s passing. From then on we encounter flashbacks that tell us more about the Chandler family and Lee’s relationship with Manchester. While planning for his brother’s funeral, Lee is notified that his brother left him guardianship of his son.

Lee is not only shocked by his brother’s last wishes but also disappointed. The interaction between Lee and Patrick is odd yet entertaining. For someone like Lee who truly doesn’t have the best social skills to have guardianship of a teenage boy is entertaining to watch. Patrick does not deal with the death of his father as you would expect a teenager to, which only leads to more bickering for him and his uncle.

While staying in town Lee runs into his ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams), and is forced to deal with the past and what led him to leave Manchester. While her role is limited in the film, Michelle Williams does well with the material given to her.  Casey Affleck delivers what most will call one of the best performances of his career and will most likely earn him an Oscar nod in January.

I really enjoyed this film and the drama that came with it. For some, this film may come off boring since there are no huge plot twists except maybe one in the film. For those who are interested in dialogue and character interactions mixed with great acting this film is for you. I would recommend that you PAY to see this film in theaters.

Manchester by the Sea is in limited release now and will hit most theaters by December 16th. Head over to Fandango to see if there are showtimes in your area and to purchase tickets. Make sure to share your thoughts on the movie below.

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2 thoughts on “Manchester by the Sea Movie Review

  1. Manchester by the Sea is one of the best movies of 2016. Character development is spot on. I believe when the main character admits that there is tragedy in lives that one can never forgive oneself for. He was given a new purpose, a meaningful purpose raising a nephew after a brothers death, but knows he cannot. Cannot forgive himself of his past. He still provides for his nephew, but must return to a robotic non-exsistance. I loved the humor, the love and the sadness

  2. This is such a thought provoking film. We all have something in our lives that we think back on at low points and wish we had done differently. That one word or action we could change or erase…and how would our lives have been altered. I believe that once a mans heart has been broken he can’t get his life back on track. As Lee says to his nephew in the film, ” I can’t beat it”. The guilt and self hatred is of course fueled by alcohol. It seems so much harder for men than women to come back from adversity, but the issue of guilt is key. A man needs to feel that he is doing the right thing, a woman is used to making mistakes and moving on. She becomes stronger with every one she recovers from. We encourage and often require our men to be strong, so they haven’t the ability to crack and then repair themselves. So very sad.

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