Movie Review: Tully is Touching with a Twist

Tully
Movie Review: Tully is Touching with a Twist
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Tyler Collins

Tyler Collins

Tyler Collins is a thespian and performer who has worked with theatre, film, and TV across Ontario. He comes from Campbellton, NB, and has lived in North Oakville over 20 years. He is a graduate of Journalism from Sheridan College. Twitter: @MrTyCollins

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Not all new movies need to be spectacular, expensive blockbusters to make an impression on an audience. Tully is that kind of movie. Instead of explosions, special effects and a celebrity cast, it makes its mark another way.

This way is definitely subtler and modest compared to, say, the latest superhero smash-hit making headlines. But the payoff is just as enjoyable. Tully has a clever script that exudes endless humour, warmth and excitement. Even a small scale drama/comedy like this can have the same gratifying fun as any event film.

Director Jason Reitman is most responsible for his gentle and sharp handling. Reitman understands the audience is smarter and more compassionate than some comedians give them credit for. His editing makes it clear he wants you to leave with a warm feeling.

The story follows 40-something Marlo (Charlize Theron) and her family; two kids and dedicated husband. After their third child is born, Marlo becomes dangerously exhausted looking after her newborn. Until, that is, she hires a night nurse named Tully (Mackenzie Davis) and the two of them become close friends.

Courtesy: Focus Features

Reitman has made movies about motherhood before – he’s famous for the Oscar-nominated Juno and 2011’s Young Adult. This newest creation shows a different period of the mother and child relationship with a newborn baby. But it has the same love and honesty of his previous films.

Several short scenes and shots give insight and tenderness to the world of mothers and young children. Short moments like sharing cupcakes, washing hair, and stepping on a lego brick give Marlo and the kids a warm realism.

It helps when the two stars play into the script’s fun and vulnerability. Theron and Davis are a dynamite duo, and their camaraderie only builds as the movie continues. Their scenes together are touching, sweet and breathtakingly authentic.

While slightly sad and far from stylized, the tone is more powerfully raw than your typical Mother’s Day movie. The ending alone is more than worth your time. There’s a great surprise at the end of the story that’s profoundly moving.

Tully is worth seeing on its comedic merits alone. More importantly, it’s worth going to see on the big screen because audience demand decides what movies get produced. Going to watch them is how surprising, charming and compelling films like this get made.

Tully
3 out of 4 stars

14A, 1hr 36mins. Drama Comedy.
Directed by Jason Reitman.
Starring Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston and Mark Duplass.
Now Playing at Film.Ca Cinemas and Cineplex Winston Churchill.

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