Wonderful drama deserves its Oscar buzz and all the attention it can get — it’s a great movie.
Is it worth $10? Yes
There’s something to the barren cold and whistling winds of “Manchester By The Sea.” They represent, no doubt intentionally, the bitterly harsh reality endured by the film’s main character, handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), whose life is inundated with death and despair. Like the cold, Lee’s emotional pain is something he must persevere through until the eventual spring, when conditions are restored to a more natural state.
It wasn’t always bad for Lee. We learn he had a loving wife named Randi (Michelle Williams) and three kids. Things were good, then tragedy struck and Lee had to move away from his hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, to Boston, which is about an hour away. He settles in, miserable and dwelling on the past because he doesn’t know how to move on. Then a phone call: His brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) died, and he now must become the caregiver of his 16 year-old nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges).