An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Casey Affleck), Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges), Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Directing (Kenneth Lonergan), and Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
There’s a reason that the description was literally one sentence. Because that’s pretty much all this movie is. In an alternate reality, it reads; “Man doesn’t handle grief well for two hours.” Because that’s it. It’s dudes bottling up their grief instead of letting it out. Casey Affleck was fine, but I just didn’t find myself emotionally invested in his character, which you really should, especially once it’s revealed why he doesn’t live in town anymore. Michelle Williams, also good, but I’ll be honest, don’t know if she was in it enough for me for her to be up for a nomination. What I will say is I think Lucas Hedges is one to watch out for. I thought he did a wonderful job. Overall as a move though, to be honest? A little underwhelming.