The acting in the film is absolutely phenomenal. All of the actors' ability to portray realistic, heartfelt emotion is extraordinary. Casey Affleck is amazing as the protagonist. His performance is definitely my favorite of the year. He seems dedicated to the role and fits very naturally to the character, providing the amount of wit and emotional range that the script requires. I think that he is one of the frontrunners in the acting category. The actor Lucas Hedges, who plays the teenage nephew of Affleck's character, also carries the emotional heft required for his role. Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler are also very good in their supporting roles.
The writing of the film is also amazing. The film is extremely realistic and heartfelt. It is extremely effective in being engrossing and creating audience sympathy for the characters. The film itself doesn't really have any profound ideas attached to it, but rather, is an amazing character study chronicling the process of grief, and therefore, is just as effective as a blatantly metaphorical film. The film is extremely sad for long periods of time, however, it is balanced with effective comedic relief found every once in a while during the film to break the tension a bit.
The production value of the film is also great. The cinematography is extremely beautiful. It captures just what needs to be captured, nothing more and nothing less, the perfect way of eliciting the desired emotional respone from the audience. The choice of music is also extremely effective in building the atmosphere of the film.
Overall, I was really impressed by "Manchester by the Sea". I expected it to be good, but the film was very engrossing and very interesting. If you don't mind the extremely sad storyline, I reccomend that you check it out.
Manchester by the Sea
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.