Monday, 6 August 2018

Tully (2018)

I watched Young Adult a while back and I didn't love it. It wasn't terrible but I sure didn't find it as good as Jason Reitman's previous movies. In spite of that and the fact that both Young Adult and Tully star Charlize Theron, I decided to give it a chance.

The film follows Marlo (Charlize Theron), a wife and mother of three, including a newborn baby, who is going through postpartum depression and is exhausted of having to take care of the kids all the time. When her brother Craig (Mark Duplass) offers the gift of a night nanny, though reluctant at first, she accepts which brings a young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis) in her home. She and Marlo hit it off immediately and a very unusual relationship develops between the two women.

That's all I'm gonna tell you and all you need to know about Tully's plot. Without spoiling anything, I can tell you that the plot is simple and yet incredibly compelling and captivating and that it has an ending twist that will make you think. Tully's is a realist and intimate story about motherhood that shows how hard, exhausting and even impossible at times can be, but also shows that, ultimately, it is very rewarding. It is a deep and quite uncomfortable portrayal of motherhood.

In addition to that, Tully has character(s) you really care for. While the supporting characters are pretty thin --you barely notice Mark Duplass's Craig, Marlo's brother, and Ron Livingston's Drew, Marlo's husband--, Marlo is one of the most, if not the most interesting character of 2018. She is a woman who is trying to be a good wife to her absent husband and a good mom to her precocious but smart 8-year-old daughter, her quirky 6-year-old son who constantly needs attention --he's probably autistic-- and her newborn that basically cries all the time. She is exhausted, physically and emotionally drained as she also has to deal with her postpartum body that does not recognize as her own. Charlize Theron gives yet another fantastic performance. Not only she physically committed to the role by gaining 50lbs to understand better what Marlo was going through, but she gives such a realistic and haunting performance as Marlo. Everything she does or says, you believe it.

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Another great performance comes from Mackenzie Davis. She is terrific as the free-spirited and insightful night nanny Tully, and her vibrant and refreshing presence is a real blast. Also, she shares a wonderful chemistry with Charlize Theron and, with the relationship between Marlo and Tully being the core of the film, it really helps keep the movie going.

Tully is also filled with clever, hilarious and realistic dialogue. Throughout very interesting, it gets even more gripping when it leans into the mundanity of family life. At last, director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody, at their third collaboration, do a wonderful job in balancing the dramatic and humorous aspects of the story. They do an excellent job especially when it comes to finding humour in situations you wouldn't normally find humorous.

10 comments :

  1. Great review! I've read so many positive reviews about this but I ended up accidentally skim reading the twist - do you think it's still worth watching when you know it?

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    1. Yes, definitely still worth watching!

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  2. It wasn't my favorite Reitman movie but I liked it a lot more than Young Adult. I thought there were parts they didn't handle in the best way but I enjoyed it for the most part.

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    1. I'm glad to know I'm not the only who didn't love Young Adult.

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  3. I really want to see this as I heard it's a return to form for Jason Reitman due to the lackluster response to his previous films as I also love Charlize Theron who is often in her A game.

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  4. Young Adult depressed me because of how much of me I saw in Mavis and this will probably depress me about being childless.

    Fucking Reitman :)

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    1. At least you'll see the perks of being childless haha

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  5. Charlize looks great with the extra pounds..she can lose just 25 and that would be great! This sounds like a great movie about motherhood and what the women go through. It reminds me of my friend who is now divorcing her scumbag husband. She has 3 kids and when they were little, 2 would literally be hanging on each of her legs wanting to go “uppie” while she is holding her newborn. If I tried to take one, they would scream....there is a reason I never had kids.

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    1. It is a great movie. I hope you get to see it.

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