TULLY

★★★★★

Starring Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass
Directed by Jason Reitman
2018 / 95 Minutes / Focus Features / Universal Pictures

Review by Brent

Charlize Theron plays a mother of three who, with the help of her brother’s recommendation, hires a night nanny to help with her newborn. Now this doesn’t sound like a description of a very interesting movie that audiences are going to flock to. However… Surprise! This is one of the best films of the year! There is so much more to this movie then just an exhausted woman trying to deal with the pressures of motherhood. You have to see this for yourself to really understand why this is a fantastic film.

It’s a solid story from Diablo Cody (Juno) with fantastic performances by the entire cast. Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis give award worthy subtle performances. Theron is always great in every role, but there’s something about this one that she nails. She’s shows so much with her exhaustion that you really feel for this character and that she’s lost her self. I was exhausted watching her. Davis is also terrific, but in a whole different way. She lights up the screen and steals those moments when she’s on.  These aren’t huge over dramatic performances, but it’s these performances that make this story work even more and these two are perfectly cast. Ron Livingston playing Theron’s husband is also quite good. He doesn’t have a big role, but when he is on screen he’s really perfect, which is probably more kudos to the writing.

Tully isn’t an intense drama or a hilarious comedy (although I did laugh out loud a lot), but it’s subtle, real and brilliant. There are moments you’ll feel like this movie is a form of birth control and other moments you’ll find that this is just what a lot of people go through and it’s not easy at all. It’s those scenes and moments that make this such a great movie. Many will be able to relate to a lot of this. It’s really a love letter to the hardest job.

I’ve been a fan of most of Jason Reitman’s films (especially the brilliant Up In The Air) and Tully is another one I can truly say is a great piece of work to add to his list. I was wary of this going in because I didn’t overly enjoy Reitman, Cody and Theron’s last team up Young Adult, but after seeing this I kind of want to revisit that movie again.

Tully is a movie that’s going to unfortunately get lost in the summer blockbuster shuffle, but it’s a movie that I promise you you will enjoy. It’s going to be the most underrated film of the year which sadly like it’s subject will be overlooked when really it should be celebrated.

Grade A

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