Manchester by the sea is a beautiful movie about a depressed, irritable man called Lee. Lee gets a call asking him to  come back to his hometown because his brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

 Manchester by the Sea provokes emotion and a deep understanding of tragic human experiences. With a compelling, transfixing performing by Casey Affleck, this movie has a plot that engaged me the whole way through, making it a very easy film to watch. Manchester by the Sea is powerful and recognises the raw emotions of depression, anxiety, grief, anger, love and loneliness.

The gray colour theme throughout the film set the dark, sensitive mood and made me realise the importance of family and friends. Manchester by the Sea shows the distance Lee feels toward people and is built around comparisons between the darkness and heartache Lee and Patty are going through.

I recommend that everyone watch this because of how compelling and emotional it is. I haven’t seen a movie made quite like this is a very long time.