Movie Review — Row the Boat, Please: ‘Manchester By the Sea’ is Good, But Too Slow to be Great

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Though it ain’t Jimmy Stewart finding life’s true meaning is in the small pleasures, it’s not that far off.

Manchester By the Sea is a grim tale — we see Casey Affleck as Lee grinding it out as a maintenance man for a Boston slumlord, not much going right for him. His daily life consists of getting hammered after a day of drudging work before collapsing in his one room, cell-like apartment. Casey is obviously damaged, and though we don’t yet know what caused it, we are shown glimpses of his gristly past in a series of flashbacks throughout the film.

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