The same things that bogged down Margaret (2011) bogs down this - tonedeaf scenes and dialogue, over-acting (except for Affleck's beautifully understated performance), over-length, embarrassing use of music, TV movie aesthetics and mise-en-scène. No, I don't pray to the church of Lonergan and I swear I'll never be converted.
Uno dei film drammatici più duri ma allo stesso tempo poetici, che abbia mai visto. Mai banale, mai scontato. Ti sferra una serie di pugni nello stomaco che ti aiutano a capire come la sofferenza sia qualcosa a cui non si può e non si deve soccombere. A qualcosa ci si deve aggrappare. Bisogna solo trovarlo e seguirlo.
No doubt appealing for it's performances but for a such heartbreaking film it left me with an outstanding feeling of indifference. The story was structured in flashbacks that serve as an exposition filled way to create "intrigue" and nothing else. The use (or lack of) of the soundtrack is not only well suited for the movie but also a refreshing film experience for the likes of Hollywood studios.
A broken man who ran from the past suddenly gets confronted with everything he thought he left behind. The premise is one that's been used time and time again, yet the execution is one that makes Manchester by the Sea quite unique. The stellar performances, flashback substructure, circular narrative, and the audiovisual excellence turn this simple film into a rightfully lauded and unforgettable experience.