Stars: Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Ron Livingston, Mark Duplass, Elaine Tan, Asher Miles Fallica, Lia Frankland, Gameela Wright.
Director: Jason Reitman
Screenplay: Diablo Cody
Happy Mother's Day.
Motherhood is hard, it is life altering, it takes everything in your willpower to be there, to be attentive, to love and support your children; And as a person who has never gone through it, my gosh my uttermost admiration goes out to every single mother who is able to achieve this. This is a film with so much truth that is makes my heart soar in its simple yet crucial message of motherhood.
We have Charlize Theron, we have Mackenzie Davis, which means we have a very, very, very happy viewer. I love these women with so much passion and to see them share such an intimate screen and for it to be this good with them just talking, connecting on such a godsend level makes for fantastic cinema.
Theron is able to physically and truthfully transform into Marlo that I feel the truth seeping through the screen. Everything looks like it takes effort with this woman; getting out of a chair, putting her son's (Asher Miles Fallica) shoes on, recovering after giving birth. It feels real and helps you empathise with Marlo who is simply going through the motions of raising three kids. Davis has this ability to feel the intimacy of her characters and yet feel slightly violated by her genuine stare and eye contact. Her earnestness works so well here as she gets past Marlo's outer shell of fatigue as she reminds her of her brilliance as a mum and an individual. These two literally bring the best out of each other in regards to the characters and out as actors—their performances are breathtaking.
Life is exhausting, raising kids is no picnic. But Tully (2018) reminds you that it is worth it, all that hard work and pressure on yourself is worth it. So be proud of where you are in your life even when you feel like your life could always be a little bit better.