“TULLY” – 8
In a word: Deep
This movie is pure drama, no guns, no car chases, no rampant sex, no heroes, no monsters. It’s all about domestic misery and stress and pure unadulterated unhappiness that many of us may have experienced, one time or another.
Playing the role of Marlo, Charlize Theron gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a frazzled 40-year-old housewife and mother of two kids, with a baby in the oven ready to birth. Her husband is a decent provider, often traveling, but contributes little to allay her despair while he plays video games in most of his spare time. Meanwhile, she must give special attention to a special-needs (perhaps autistic), six-year-old boy who is being expelled from his school because of constant class disruptions.
Along comes her wealthy brother who provides the money for a temporary rescue in the person of “Tully” a 26 year-old self-described nanny whose takes over night time care duties for the new baby thus giving Theron’s character a chance to gather herself from going insane. Deftly played by Mackenzie Davis, Tully proves out to be a personable and caring figure who appears to have intelligence and compassion far beyond her years. The two form an interdependent relationship giving Marlo a chance to breathe.
Tully was an important character in this movie, but it was truly all about Marlo (Theron), thus, the title of the film is misappropriated. According to IMDB (International Movie Data Base), Theron – already a six-footer — deliberately gained 50 pounds to play this role.
There were a number of twists and turns in the plot which I’ll not reveal to save the reader from knowing too much. The downside are too many unexplained factors which leave viewers scratching heads wondering about answers to important issues and people that were never resolved before end of movie. That includes all the main characters, particularly Tully and her private life, what happens to the problem child, Marlo’s husband, and more. In my view, the audience was left hanging a bit too much.
Drama lovers will agree this is a powerful film. Theron’s acting is on a par with the very best, including Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, or Jennifer Lawrence.
There’s a few four-letter words thrown around, one scene implying sexual activity, very little violence, though Theron’s temperment goes haywire in a few scenes.
Good movie. I give it an 8 out of 10.