Just a warning, although I do not give any plot points away, if you want to watch this film then I would suggest don’t read anything about it before you watch it. If you just go in blind, as I did, then I’m certain you will love it and you can then read this to compare your views to mine later on.
Last weekend, I had been pretty set on watching ‘I Feel Pretty’, the latest Amy Schumer film at my local Odeon, and giving you guys a review of how bad it was. However, after some heavy deliberation, I decided to actually pay for a film down at Cineworld. This film was Tully. I had heard great things about it and couldn’t wait to check it out for myself.
What is it about?
A struggling mum of two, Marlo (Charlize Theron,) begins to reach the end of her tether as sleepless nights and painful days have become a regular occurrence. Threatened by the arrival of a new child, Marlo, becomes increasingly stressed and when the mental strain of motherhood becomes and physically arduous reality, her rich brother offers to get her a Night Nanny. Despite her initial reluctance, she finally calls the Nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis) and really begins to feel the benefits. Her sleep depravity dramatically reduces, her demeanour around people improves and she notices a general improvement in her life and the lives of others around her. Her life goes on as usual with a supportive, hardworking husband, Drew (Ron Livingstone) and three kids including: “Querky” Jonah (Asher Miles Fallica.) Throughout the course of Tully’s time as a Night Nanny for the family, her and Marlo form a close bond that centres on honesty. Then after a sudden descent, the picture broadens and the film is taken to a new level that explores dark and deep themes, that were completely unexpected.
What did I think?
Did I enjoy the film?- 1/1
I honestly thought this film was fantastic. It was smart and witty and grounded in reality. I laughed out loud on a number of occasions but also was very close to tears on others. I thought it was consistently interesting with subtle subversions soon escalating to full scale disasters. I was engrossed for the full 95 minutes.
Were the character arcs interesting and developed?- 2/2
I thought the character arcs were quite extraordinary. Although the film did focus on Charlize Theron’s Marlo and that is where we see the most explicit development I thought Mackenzie Davis’ Tully and Asher Miles Fallica’s Jonah were both essential to the plot and lead the film in an emotion sense for large periods. I haven’t seen Theron in a film before and I must say I thought she was incredible; I genuinely think she could win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role because she is simply superb and deserves all the praise she is getting. Finally, I think that the film’s emphasis on character is really what allows it to be fantastic, as everything we believe in is thanks to to the actors and their grounded performances.
Was I directly emotional engaged?- (Did I believe in the characters’ plights?)- 2.5/3
Yes. With every gentle twist and veering turn this film provides I went with it. I thought that it had real heart and it was thanks to a great story and acting that supported this and allowed it to push on to its fullest extent. No I didn’t cry but I think that was because I was so surprised by the sudden subversion that I was just in shock. That should not reflect badly on the film as I believe it is testament to it that I felt such a plethora of emotion already and was also close to tears.
Did it have a good story?- 3.5/4
I think this film has the best end sequence I have ever seen. You may think that is me just trying build it up but I was very impressed by what it provided. Early on I wasn’t sure what the point of the film was and thought that it might just be and excellently extended advert for the ease brought by a Night Nanny. However, as it progressed I soon realised it was something far greater.
This film is a masterpiece. That’s all I have to say.
My Rating: 9/10
My Top 3 of the Year:
- Call Me by Your Name
- Brokeback Mountain