Film Festivals

Tribeca 2018: Tully Review

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Synopsis: The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully. (IMDB)

Starring: Charlize TheronMackenzie Davis, and Mark Duplass

Writer: Diablo Cody

Director: Jason Reitman

Rating: 14A (Canada)/R (United States)

Running Time: 96mins


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Motherhood and parenting in general has been a theme covered in countless films but not many have depicted it in such a deep and honest way. Marlo (Theron) was a new mother of three who is gifted a night nanny named Tully (Davis) by her brother Craig (Duplass). Marlo had it tough as was mostly shown in the many trailers. She had to pretty much take care of her family on her own because of her absentee husband Drew (Ron Livingston). This was taking a toll on her both physically and emotionally. Suffice it to say, Tully couldn’t have come at a better time as she didn’t feel alone anymore.

Despite this, there was still an adjustment period with letting a stranger taking care of her newborn baby. The film was full of touching and hilarious moments along the way thanks to another excellent Diablo Cody script full of snappy dialog. Marlo and Tully were great to watch together as they represented different generations of women and their different approaches to life and motherhood. While the film focuses on Marlo, the argument could be made that the story could be from either perspective as Marlo got a glimpse of her past while Tully got a glimpse of her future.

The best part of the film was Theron’s vulnerable performance as the flawed and relatable Marlo. Suffice it to say that this film would not have worked if not for her performance. She commits to the role both physically and emotionally with her subtle and not so subtle actions and expressions speaking volumes (which we saw glimpses of in the trailers). She also had great chemistry both with Davis who was great as the lively Tully and Livingston as the painfully oblivious Drew.

Overall, this was an excellent and surprisingly deep comedy, depicting the idea of motherhood in a deep and honest way, thanks to a hilariously smart Diablo Cody script and a fearless performance from Charlize Theron.

Score: 9.5/10

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