By Jordan Hansgen
This movie is tough to watch. There is no doubt about it. It starts off sad, gets to more reasons to be sad and then doesn’t really have a happy ending, but rather an ending that just is. However, Casey Affleck commands the film with his brilliant acting and even earned his first ever Academy Award for his performance. This film is beautiful and tragic and Affleck shined as the main character, whom the story follows throughout.
Affleck playes Lee Chandler, who’s a works as a handyman in Quincy. His brother dies and leaves in his will a decision to make Lee his son’s guardian and intended to make Lee return to Manchester. However, Lee’s dark past haunts him there and he can’t escape it. His negligence led to the deaths of his three young children, shown through flashbacks and the town had ostracized him after the tragedy.
Affleck throughout the film seems troubled and distant. His hopeless demeanor before the past events are shown creates discomfort throughout the film for the audience. Although the film is tragic, his care for his nephew is shown often through his actions. Affleck’s performance was deserving of an Oscar, however, this movie absolutely can and most likely will make you cry.