We all grieve, yet we grieve in many different ways. Manchester by the Sea, a movie that received 6 nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated in four more categories is a movie that opens with a man being told that his brother has died from a heart attack. This man then shockingly learns that he has been named guardian of his brother’s son if anything were to happen to him.
There are some movies that you just watch and other movies that you feel. This story of grief and loss is a story that sucks you in and gives you an emotional roller coaster ride. This has a unbearable personal tragedy and guilt. But it is on the lighter side. For every time throughout the movie that you see a heartbreaking moment, there is something a little more positive that will happen. It is quite often devastating, but it is also passionate, deep and peculiarly funny.
This could be the funniest movie ever made about grief. It is a story about how difficult forgiveness can be and not just forgiving other people, but also for learning how to forgive yourself for the things that you have done to others. It is about parenting. The kind of parenting that just kind of happens unexpectantly. And it is about a very small area that depends mainly on fishing. It is a movie full of drama. It has so many things that happen that most people making a movie probably would not put all in together for the fear of possibly overdoing it. The actors are so remarkable though that they are able to do this film with all these emotions and they are able to keep it from being too much.
Most of the details about this movie will make it sound very dark and sad, but while “Manchester by the Sea” does sometimes go deep into parts of despair, most of the time throughout the film, it is a dry comedy. This film in incredibly filled with life in all of its glory and dreadfulness that you will always be more interested in finding out what is going to happen than whatever just happened. Manchester by the Sea is the kind of movie that you will want to see a more than once with someone who has not seen it yet. This way you will be able to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.