I know I made a few critical posts about Manchester By The Sea being very good but falling somewhat short of greatness, but here's to hoping that we get some La La Land backlash. The dour-and-dreary Manchester By the Sea would be a satisfying underdog to this tiresome exercise in reference-spotting.
What an utterly inconsequential film. Watching the film was like watching boxes get ticked off. It was pleasant - sometimes technically wonderful - but the story was really under-developed, the characters were caricatures, and the "conflict" was manufactured. You were supposed only interested in getting from point a to point b; look too hard at *how* things got there, and all sorts of problems arise.
Gosling's character was so ridiculous a stereotype, it made this jazz fan nauseous (didn't help that he can neither sing nor dance well, but was asked to do both on numerous occasions).
Did anybody really like this? It's well beneath Manchester by the Sea, IMO, in just about every way.