Oscar Nominee # 1: Manchester By The Sea
There are movies that get over before you bat an eyelid and there are movies that keep you so engrossed that you lose sight of your surroundings. Then there are movies that draw you in slowly, but steadily — you are clueless when it begins and start to feel put off a bit, but you don’t feel like giving up; slowly, you are drawn into it and by the time it ends, you just can’t stop appreciating as to how beautiful a movie it was! ‘Manchester By The Sea’ belongs to this exact same category.
As the movie draws you in, you feel that you are in a boat ride that you wish would never end. The story is simple; but like in all the good movies, it is the screenplay that makes all the difference, even though it is slow.
Casey Affleck as the withdrawn, confused janitor Lee Chandler has lived his role to perfection. It should come as no surprise then that he has been nominated in the Best Actor category and should be a favourite for the Oscar.
Lucas Hedges as the teenager Patrick who has lost his father, has played the role of an apt foil to Affleck’s character. The unspoken emotion between the uncle and his nephew warms your heart and tugs its strings at many places.
When you see that the movie is actually going to end, you wish that it’d continue a little longer. Despite the slow screenplay, this film keeps you engrossed once you get drawn into the characters and their emotions.
Take this boat ride. You won’t regret it.
My rating: 8.25/10.