Review: Tully

TULLY - Official Teaser Trailer - In Theaters April 20

SITWOL: An exacerbated mother considers the idea of hiring a night nanny, as she’s told it will help her sleep.

 

Charlize Theron is one of my favorite actors, and I thoroughly believe she is often wasted in the film’s she’s casted in. I was extremely let down by her performance in Atomic Blonde, and I thought she was underutilized in Gringo.

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Tully is the first movie I’ve seen since maybe Mad Max: Fury Road that truly knows how talented Theron is. She is the best character in the entire movie, and her character is multi-layered, sympathetic, and fascinating to watch.

 

 

The rest of the cast members are all fantastic, and that includes two child performances. This is the first time I can think of in a while where the child performances were never, not once, distracting. What’s even better is that they often benefited the scenes they were in.

Lastly, Tully, the “night nanny” they finally do decide to hire, was very weird, interesting, “quirky”, and often played off Charlize Theron very well.

 

tully-ron.jpgOne of the things Tully (the movie) highlights so well is the idea of communication breakdown between people. Everybody in this movie is so focused on what they’re missing in life that they don’t see the struggles of other people. I don’t have kids, so I can’t PERSONALLY relate to the tiresomeness of parenthood… but I am married, and some of the shortcomings between Marlo (Theron) and her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) were so bitingly relatable to me, and I was desperately hoping that the two might find a way to realize their problems and resolve them.

It was the first time that I wholeheartedly cared for characters in a film as if I knew them.

Tully often shines a light on blithe, petty conversational niceties humans tend to spout out when they don’t actually care (or are too tired to care), especially the “niceties” people try to give to pregnant women, or people with special needs kids.

 

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But specifically what makes these scenes feel so impactful is the combination of the script’s genuine attempt at authenticity, mixed with the very powerful performances of all the characters.

This movie says a lot about other things, too, but I feel like Tully is a better experience if you go in with not very much information. So I won’t go into them.

 

 

Both the music and the cinematography were fantastic at best, and never got in the way of the story at worst.

 

The only thing that kinda bothers me about Tully is the ending. Now, I don’t want to spoil it at all, but it’s the part of the film that I’ve been thinking about most, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I certainly don’t hate it, and it’s not detrimental to the entire movie (like I felt The Florida Project’s ending was), but… it brings some things into question for me.

I’m sorry guys, I’m trying not to spoil anything at all. I REALLY want to talk about this movie, but I’m going to refrain from doing so because I think you should see it, and you should see it without much prior knowledge.

 

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Tully is a sincere film. It does such a great job showcasing human issues, and it tries to do so in a more genuine way than most films that come out these days. Charlize Theron was fantastic, and I anticipate her being a possible Oscar contender for this role. Likewise, everyone else was great in it too.

This is definitely a movie I’d like to see again before I’m fully confident of my grade, but in my opinion, Tully is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year.

8 out of 10