I did not cry while watching this film like most people did but I did tear up a bit. It’s a very well done film and its emotional pull isn’t forced or manipulative. It’s a story about a man dealing with depression. I don’t really know what else to say without spoiling anything but the film is stellar and it has real characters dealing with real situations. It’s fantastically written and although the film is very sad, emotionally draining, and heart-wrenching, there are surprisingly a lot of funny moments throughout the film.
One of the things I absolutely adored about this film was the performance by Casey Affleck. There are numerous scenes in the film that involve his character that just floored me. The whole cast delivered great performances with the standout being Casey. Casey delivers one of the best performances of the year as a man haunted by his past trying to confront it. Overall, the film is brilliantly written, directed, and acted. It’s a solid film that I highly recommend you watch. I think Manchester By The Sea will definitely be getting some Oscar nominations such as Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, and Best Picture.
Rating – ★★★★