Review: Tully

‘Tully’ received so much buzz when it premiered at Sundance this year and it’s easy to see why. We follow Marlo who has just had her third baby and thanks to complete exhaustion and stress, hires a night nanny to help. This is when the titular Tully comes in and the two quickly form a friendship that allows Marlo to break free from her emotional turmoil. What follows is a honest take on the harsh realities of sleepless nights as well as the joys a parent can get from their newborn baby, whilst showing your life can still change for the better outside of it.

‘Tully’ is one of the best takes on family life I’ve seen for a while. The main reason for this is that it’s not just another motherhood film.

‘Tully’ is one of the best takes on family life I’ve seen for a while. The main reason for this is that it’s not just another motherhood film. The dynamic between Marlo (Charlize Theron) and Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is so natural and effortless it’s no wonder you become so transfixed in their story. Tully is a free spirit which is exactly the kind of influence the sleep-depraved Marlo needs in her life. What begins as a few nice conversations take us down a road full of tender moments as well genuinely funny ones. For such a grounded film, it really doesn’t pull any punches and often defies expectations, something that caught me off guard as i was expecting something relatively safe.

Charlize Theron is in a league of her own as she plays Marlo pretty perfectly.  

As the titular Tully, Mackenzie Davis is absolutely stunning. If you’re familiar with her role in Black Mirror, this will show off her acting abilities to full effect as it’s such a different role. However, if we’re talking about someone who can kill any part they get, Charlize Theron is in a league of her own as she plays Marlo pretty perfectly. From the exhaustion on her face, to the subtle nuances she has when dealing with her son, Theron is magnificent. If you look at her recent scene stealing turn in ‘Gringo’, this is a character on the complete opposite end of the scale, yet she plays it note perfect. It’s another reason she’s one of the most versatile actors on the planet right now. This is easily my favourite performance post-Oscars so far.

‘Tully’ is defiantly going to stay with me for a lot longer than I anticipated.

I went into ‘Tully’ with high expectations and I came out really surprised. The film is a lot smarter and more gut punching than I was prepared for, but that only made it better. It’s defiantly a showcase for the two leads to flaunt their stuff, but when they’re both this good that’s a huge bonus. ‘Tully’ is defiantly going to stay with me for a lot longer than I anticipated. It’s tricky to explain as it’s better to go in completely blind, but this is one you don’t want to miss.

9/10

 

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