“Manchester By The Sea”

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Rated R

2 hours 10 minutes

Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Kyle Chandler

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – I want you to know, it’s not just the New England setting that brings us so close to “Manchester By The Sea”.

We can feel Casey Affleck’s pain coping with family tragedy.

Affleck’s performance as the working class nobody is something to behold.  His brother’s sudden death confronts Affleck with the unwanted responsibility for his teenage nephew.

Lucas Hedges comes into his own with an amazing performance desperately hoping to win his Uncle’s approval. Their scenes together are classics in conflicting self-interest. Affleck’s keeping his dead brother’s son at arm’s length. Hedges desperately trying to narrow the distance.

I can’t remember the last time the bleak surroundings so enhanced the atmosphere anchored in heartache. But caring for the characters very deeply is what really makes “Manchester By The Sea” such a stirring emotional experience.

And while we’re singling out superb performances,  Michelle Williams is a linchpin in the film’s dramatic fabric. “Manchester By The Sea” is for those who value emotional involvement in their movie experience.

It’s so well written and directed, If ever a heartfelt movie deserved an audience, It’s “Manchester By The Sea”. Although I’d be shocked if even one millennial sacrificed  their standards by seeing this film. Regardless, “Manchester By The Sea” sweeps away the competition with 4 stars.

It’s a film that’ll have you feeling so much richer for having seen it.