Manchester by the Sea

I was told this was slow-moving. It was. And yet it never lagged. It’s a simple story, told without any flourishes. Straightforward cinematography, lighting, wardrobe, shot on location. I expected more yelling and screaming, more crying…

But it’s all about the dialogue and the acting. This is an example of ‘simple is best.’ Or almost best. I’m still glad that an equally quiet and straightforward film, Moonlight, won the Oscar for best picture this year. And Casey Affleck? He may have been the most deserving of the nominees, but I still think that Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes should have been jointly awarded Best Actor for their work as Chiron in Moonlight

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