Manchester By The Sea (3/4 Hats)



Jarrod Says Hats Off:

#82 Film in 2016: Manchester by the Sea 10/10 I thought when I started these official movie reviews back in January that a perfect 10 would mean just that…that the film was PERFECT. But then I have realized over this year that there is no such thing as a perfect film. Even the best films or ones I love most are not perfect. So a score of 10 would just never happen. So I decided to make a 10 as close to perfect as you can get without of course actually being perfect. This is the first film I have given a 10 to. To warn you it is an extremely emotionally wrenching film (I cried in 4 or 5 different scenes) so if you want a feel good film, this isn’t for you. However, if you don’t mind some sorrow in your life, this film is unbelievable. The script is flawless and this world feels so authentic and real. There isn’t a single unbelievable or eye rolling moment in the film. Humor is perfectly sprinkled throughout to balance out with all of the heavy subject material but without being overdone or shoehorned in (take note, Marvel). The acting is phenomenal across the board with Affleck of course being the stand out. The only minor nitpick is that Matthew Broderick cameos for one scene and he just felt out of place/miscast. I don’t want to drag this review out too long but all I can say is that this is the best film of the year and I think they should write on the poster, “If you see one film this year, see Manchester by the Sea” – Jarrod Hallman, “Mother’s Basement Weekly”
#DontForgetToLogOut / #ManchesterDivided / #GoneBabiesGone / #DawsonsBleak / #EarlyMortician / #FridayNightBarFights


Austinn Says Hats Off:

‘Manchester by the Sea’: Nephew and Far Between. conclusion: 9/10. terrific movie; it looked great and sounded great. everything about the movie, especially the script and the acting, felt natural and real. it was very sad and emotional throughout, so if you’re gonna see it, be prepared for that. Casey Affleck was incredible and deserves his inevitable best actor nomination (and of what I’ve seen so far, he should definitely win). #bostontranslation #BasedOnATrueStory #leeway#manchesterunited #brokenhearted


Kelvin Says Hats Off:

“Manchester by the Sea: Leave it to Griever.” Conclusion: 7/10. Probably one of the top reviewed films of the year, and I see why that is for some people, but I have a few bones to pick. It does well with displaying grief and how people have to reconcile their differences while grieving but I find grief to be a mutual process as well. I would have liked the film to have shown that better. For as well written as much of the movie is – there’s one scene I have a problem with – it feels rather inorganic at times. I wouldn’t call it forced, but I struggle to find it totally authentic. Nevertheless, Casey Affleck deserves all the credit coming his way for his performance. I found myself able to understand his character even when he couldn’t verbally express himself – very well done. Good film, but I think the acclaim has been a little overboard. #JoeThePlumber #BurnBabyBurn #LetItLee #MassHoles#FrozenGriever #ImOnABoat


Adam Kept His Hat On:

Manchester By The Sea: [Headline] Manchester Area Tough Guy, Lee Chandler, apologizes to valued nephew. Some people still know how family is done. Rating as follows:

Cinematography (1.7): 1.2
Overall Acting (1.6): 1.1
Story Telling (1.5): 0.4
Cohesion of Story (1.2): 0.6
Score/Sound Mixing (1.1): 0.7
Best Category – Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.9
Depth of Plot (1.0): 0.9
Character Dev (0.5): 0.2
Overall Message (0.4): 0.1
Total: 6.1/10

I recognize the sadness of the story, the depth, and the amount of trauma Casey Aflecks character had to overcome, but this movie never felt real to me. I spent the entire movie waiting for something to happen but it never did, and then it ended. The movie felt emotionally flat for the most part. I think Lucas Hedges was actually the better actor in this movie. Afleck was decent, but I just did not feel the emotion that I was expecting. The story presented was deep, but it didn’t give many reasons for the info presented, it just left you guessing. I went in thinking this movie would be in my top 3 for the year. It is not….


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