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30 review for Manchester by the Sea: Screenplay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shima

    This was the first script I've ever read. Now, I've read plenty of plays before and they weren't as different as I had thought they'd be, so I'm not a complete novice. It turns out I like the script format. Devoid of lengthy descriptions and purple prose (which is how I like my stories anyway), it leaves so much more to the imagination. Plus, it's kind of impossible to tell here, everything has to be shown. As for the story itself, it easily captured the attention and didn't let go. The dialogue This was the first script I've ever read. Now, I've read plenty of plays before and they weren't as different as I had thought they'd be, so I'm not a complete novice. It turns out I like the script format. Devoid of lengthy descriptions and purple prose (which is how I like my stories anyway), it leaves so much more to the imagination. Plus, it's kind of impossible to tell here, everything has to be shown. As for the story itself, it easily captured the attention and didn't let go. The dialogue was vibrant and the characters quite interesting. It wasn't the most original idea, but I suppose to someone so used to reading fantasy, a lot of real-world stuff doesn't seem original anymore. Still, it was short and fast to read and I enjoyed it. It was also a very good intro to reading scripts in general.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chris Ko

    So simple and succinct yet so heartbreaking... There isn't much description in this one, so it leaves a lot up the imagination. There's also a lot of dual dialogue and honestly if I had read this without ever having seen the film, I might've been confused at some times on the first read - you will definitely pick up on all the foreshadowing and set-ups on a second read/watch though, which makes it doubly tragic... I studied this one in class with a focus on dialogue and it is indeed very well wri So simple and succinct yet so heartbreaking... There isn't much description in this one, so it leaves a lot up the imagination. There's also a lot of dual dialogue and honestly if I had read this without ever having seen the film, I might've been confused at some times on the first read - you will definitely pick up on all the foreshadowing and set-ups on a second read/watch though, which makes it doubly tragic... I studied this one in class with a focus on dialogue and it is indeed very well written - sharp and witty, lots of swearing lol. Yeah people don't really talk like that in real life but they make it natural with the overlaps and constant unfinished sentences, stumbling, interrupting etc... I learnt a lot. I particularly liked seeing the ending written on paper, as one of the few parts where Lonergan actually takes the time to set out the scene in words...and it was almost more beautiful in my head than I remember it in the film

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    I absolutely adored this screenplay. I could talk for days about the magical manner in which it is presented on the page, the development of the story, the plot twists which made me sob, the small but beautiful nuances and the amount which can be done with minimal dialogue. I read this simultaneously with watching the movie and reading the script and neither of them took away from the other one. Honestly I just loved every second of this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bert Z

    “my heart was broken…it’s always gonna be broken…and I know yours is broken too” Each year I always try and read the script of the film that wins the Best Screenplay Academy Award – this year the winner of course was Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan. It's really beautiful piece of writing that’s quite simple but very emotional. The thing I find so interesting about reading screenplays is picking out the differences between the finished product and what was originally intended, more often “my heart was broken…it’s always gonna be broken…and I know yours is broken too” Each year I always try and read the script of the film that wins the Best Screenplay Academy Award – this year the winner of course was Manchester by the Sea by Kenneth Lonergan. It's really beautiful piece of writing that’s quite simple but very emotional. The thing I find so interesting about reading screenplays is picking out the differences between the finished product and what was originally intended, more often than not you see quite a few changes, some minor and others major, whereas with this I feel as though the shooting script is exactly what we see played up there on the screen. I saw an interview with Casey Affleck where he said that when you read a Kenneth Lonergan script you are reading the absolute final script, he takes years and years to write it so you know that by the time you are reading it that he has taken out anything he feels doesn’t need to be included and what you see is what you get. I really like that about him, a writer that’s so confident in his work that when he hands it over to a reader that’s that. Similar to Elena Ferrante saying that if her books have something to say, they will say it, thus why she’s a recluse and doesn’t do any promotional work for her books – my hero. If you’re a cinephile like me I’d say give this a go, if you’re a fan of Lonergan’s previous work such as Margaret or You Can Count On Me I’d also say give it a go – he is one of those rare male authors/ filmmakers that’s able to write emotional words without being melodramatic. An enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Truong

    Beautifully structured, but I have mixed feelings about dialogue. It's very distinct and colloquial and seems real for people living in that area, but just because the writer made characters talk over each other, doesn't make it more real. In fact, I understood the film more now that I've read what every character actually says than when I watched the movie. Some of it was yapping yapping yapping. I did love the sense of "everything is so damn hard in life" that many of the scenes had. Some clea Beautifully structured, but I have mixed feelings about dialogue. It's very distinct and colloquial and seems real for people living in that area, but just because the writer made characters talk over each other, doesn't make it more real. In fact, I understood the film more now that I've read what every character actually says than when I watched the movie. Some of it was yapping yapping yapping. I did love the sense of "everything is so damn hard in life" that many of the scenes had. Some clear, well-developed obstacles that added to the tone of the film.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I want to add an alternate ending. He slips off the back of the boat and drowns himself. Depressing, but that goes with the "permanence of failure” which is a real, legitimate theme. It’s only in Disney fantasies that any wrong can be righted. He was a good man in a tough situation. He closed all the books: made sure the kid was taken care of, got the boat fixed, but “just can’t beat it (the demons).” Surely the nightmare of daughters burning confirms that, and the scene in the basement with the I want to add an alternate ending. He slips off the back of the boat and drowns himself. Depressing, but that goes with the "permanence of failure” which is a real, legitimate theme. It’s only in Disney fantasies that any wrong can be righted. He was a good man in a tough situation. He closed all the books: made sure the kid was taken care of, got the boat fixed, but “just can’t beat it (the demons).” Surely the nightmare of daughters burning confirms that, and the scene in the basement with the furnace foreshadows a possible suicide at sea. Perhaps they held back because it was too sad.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Dzik

    This is a great screenplay and the dialogue feels so real. It doesn’t feel like you’re reading a movie. The characters act like real human beings. The only reason I don’t have it as a perfect score is because seeing the movie you see how much the performances impact the dialogue even more. They bring such emotion to it. This is a devastating story and shows you don’t know what’s going on in someone’s life. A great work.

  8. 4 out of 5

    D. Carson Davis

    The script is well structured, straight forward and comes out wonderfully on the screen. But the style is in Lonergan's directing, not his writing. The MBTS script is a true blueprint for something larger. The script is well structured, straight forward and comes out wonderfully on the screen. But the style is in Lonergan's directing, not his writing. The MBTS script is a true blueprint for something larger.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Beveridge

    Unbelievably beautiful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Dark and painful story of aftermath and recovery from an unrecoverable tragedy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bernardo Azevedo

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miguel Luciotto

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nora 2020

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abhi

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wei Jay

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pavel Khan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Reid

  21. 5 out of 5

    (Xoch)

  22. 4 out of 5

    عمران ابن مصر

  23. 4 out of 5

    Muhammad Azkal Azkiya

  24. 5 out of 5

    Navin

  25. 5 out of 5

    Allison Nicole

  26. 5 out of 5

    Allie Grace

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

  28. 5 out of 5

    Edina

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caterina Curta

  30. 5 out of 5

    Russ

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