Boy Erased avoids the bombast and dramatisation that might be expected from its subject matter, instead opting for modest authenticity.
Lady Bird’s story is so familiar, so authentic that it has something that’ll resonate with everyone. We’ve all clashed with our parents; we’ve all had romantic misadventures best forgotten; we’ve all felt stifled by our home town.
McDonagh’s radical sympathy creates his film’s best scenes, while undercutting any kind of coherent thesis.
Manchester by the Sea’s protagonist represents the distillation of uncommunicative masculinity as well as its deleterious effects.