Manchester by the Sea is directed and written by Kenneth Lonergan, and it stars Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, and Lucas Hedges in a drama film about a janitor that is not likable, and his brother died, which put him into parental care of his brother's son, which he think isn't the right idea to do. Out of all the Academy Award Best Picture nominees, this is the one that I was the least looking forward to only for the fact that I didn't really find it that interesting as drama films tend to get easily boring, but I know that I want to watch all the films that were in that category, so I know that I'll have to watch this, and go my surprise, I really liked it. This is the best performance that I've seen from Casey Affleck as he's depressed in that he feels like he lost everything, but still keeps going with his life. Michelle Williams is not in it that much, but she does put a spark when she's in it, especially in the end where she gave an emotional scene. Lucas Hedges was fine in it, but he doesn't quite have that same weight that Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams has, which when I saw him in the film for the first time, I knew that there was something missing. The writing by Kenneth Lonergan is fantastic in that it's just a piece of life happening, and the way that it shows flashbacks is quite subtle that I honestly forgot I was watching a flashback. The characters felt like actual human people, which is quite an accomplishment to do, and I was actually invested in this as the pacing in this is very slow and is entirely a drama film, with some surprisingly comedic moments that are effective. I'm surprised that with this being more than 2 hours long and the pacing going in a snail pace, I wasn't bored of it, nor was it dragging either, except in some rare moments, but there's not much of it. Manchester by the Sea is a really great film that I'm glad it got some awards out of the actors and the director.