Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea tells the story of a man who seems to be living life under rather sad circumstances. Catch is, we can’t really tell what these circumstances are. As we go further into the film, we learn about him and his family. Life wasn’t easy on them; their share of the luck of the draw clearly wasn’t the best hand.
In effect, Manchester by the Sea is a journey movie. On one hand, it is its hero who journeys back to where he grew up so that we can learn what had happened while, at the same time, allow us to see how the people around him are coming to grips with the past. On the other hand, it is us viewers that are taken along for a ride as the movie slowly exposes the truth that all participants other than us viewers already know.
Generally speaking, I don’t like being taken for a ride, but Manchester by the Sea does a fine job of painting an interesting tapestry of round characters as it tells its story. So I approve!
I will note Manchester bears more than a passing resemblance to Ernest Hemingway's Islands in the Stream, but I’ll leave that at that; no need for bloopers here. That said, why are all the Boston based movies so depressing?
Overall: Unusually finely constructed movie deserving 4 out of 5 crabs.

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