Director Jason Reitman, who directed Juno, is behind the camera for Tully. If you’re familiar with Juno at all, you’ll understand this film’s awkward, yet charming, humor. This film does sell itself as a comedy early on, but it slowly creeps closer to a drama as the film chugs along.
I find these types of films to be very reliant on each character’s strength, because there are zero special effects and barely any score. So Charlize Theron spends a great deal of time actually acting without needing all that extra stuff. I love the way she can carry a scene in Tully, and she really does serve as the glue for this movie. The distress in her eyes, the way she communicates her frustration and even her happiness — it’s just really, really engaging.
And that’s a great word for this movie: it’s engaging. For the most part, each scene held weight. I couldn’t help but marvel at the chemistry between Mackenzie Davis and Theron. Their moments were genuine, heartfelt and visceral, which aligns with this film’s DNA.
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I attended an early screening of this film for purposes of this review, thanks to Allied Integrated Media and Focus Features. ❤
Tully is rated-R, runs 1 hour and 36 minutes and crawls into theaters on May 4, 2018.