A nuanced and bleak view of masculinity. Lee Chandler left Manchester By the Sea many years earlier to work as a janitor in Quincy, Massachusetts. He lives alone and he is a coiled-up ball of trauma, grief and aggression. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he is called upon to move back to Manchester to act as guardian to his nephew. He is resentful, grudging and gruff, and as the film goes on we learn why. I felt rather depressed by the whole thing
And it’s only on for about another five minutes.
My rating: 7.5 / 10
Oh, but it is SO well done isn’t it. Excellent script, and great acting from the problematic Casey Affleck.