Tully Review

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Parenthood is not an easy thing. You never really prepare yourself for it, no matter how many books you read. It’s pretty much a life-changing experience. However, if you’re not a parent then you don’t really see what goes on behind-the-scenes. The sleepless nights, the immense amount of work, and all of the diapers… Lots and lots of diapers. Nevertheless, you never get a sense of it. That is until the release of Tully. But is Tully worth the price of admission or should you find out more about parenthood in a more entertaining way?

Thankfully, Tully is a better film than Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s last collaboration, Young Adult. The film is an entertaining look into parenthood that also happens to be a character study too. Of course, the film wouldn’t be as good as it is without the fantastic performance by Charlize Theron.

Tully follows Marlo, a mother of three (including a newborn), that is on the verge of breaking down. When her brother gifts her a night nanny to help her out, Marlo is skeptical at first. However, she begins to form a particular bond with the charming night nanny, Tully.

Tully - Charlize Theron

It’s been seven years since we’ve last seen Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman team up for a film. Although it’s not as charming as Juno, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good film. It’s just a different type of film. With Tully, Cody and Reitman effectively portray the realistic struggles of motherhood through its many forms. In some ways, it showcases reasons why you shouldn’t have kids. At the same time, it also shows you some of the joys of having kids.

Nevertheless, Tully is still an entertaining drama. Cody’s style of comedy is still present here but the characters aren’t as charming. Instead, these characters are much more tragic. Marlo lives a very hard life with her two rambunctious children and newborn child. With each and every second you watch of her life, you’ll feel an immense amount of pity for her. In some ways, Tully is very similar to Mary Poppins. As the film progresses, Marlo begins to improve with the presence of the night nanny, Tully. In other words, you see some of her hardened layers begin to peel away.

But for a film that’s an hour and 36 minutes long, the film does feel longer than that. There are several instances where the film just drags. Scenes that were designed to be tender actually drag the film’s pacing down. In addition, the film introduces several characters that never really have a big part in the film. They pretty much exit as fast as they are brought in.

Tully - Charlize Theron

Regardless, Tully is Charlize Theron’s film. The actress carries the film on her back in a way that could nab her an Oscar nomination. Her realistic portrayal of Marlo is both tragic and sweet. She displays a wide array of emotions throughout the film that comes out very naturally. Which really isn’t surprising considering she’s a mother herself. So there isn’t a lot of research involved in this type of role. She’s had a lot of training.

Mackenzie Davis plays her character in a very interesting way. For one thing, she plays her in a way that is reminiscent of millennials. On the other hand, she is very wise and educated—something that you don’t really associate with millennials. It’s an interesting mix but it works for Tully. Her sweet and wise nature is a perfect combination to soften up Marlo’s personality.

Overall, Tully is an entertaining dramedy set forth by Charlie Theron’s compelling performance. If there’s a film that advertises the raw portrayal of parenthood it’s this film. It shows the sweet side of parenthood but it also shows the dark side of it too. Nothing can be more realistic than that.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

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