Review by Justin Waldman for Mr. Will Wong
While quiet of late, Canadian-born Writer/Director Jason Reitman delivers on all fronts another notch in his already very prolific catalog with Tully. The Movie is truly eye-opening for those whom have never experienced hands-on motherhood, and something to relate on a deep level if they have.
Tully focuses on Marlo (Charlize Theron) as she and her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) are about to welcome their third child into the world. Their first two kids have proven to be quite the handful. Marlo’s brother Craig (Mark Duplass) suggests that Drew and Marlo hire a ‘night nanny’. Enter Tully (Mackenzie Davis) whose job is to make their lives a little less hectic. The purpose of a night nanny is to come in at night, make sure the baby sleeps, make sure the mother is at ease, rests and only is awoken to feed the baby. Marlo and Tully connect with one another on an emotional and spiritual level that makes the Film magical.
Tully not only is a perfect vehicle to showcase some fine work by Canadian Actress Mackenzie Davis and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, it’s also a timely love letter to mothers. If this were released later in the year, there no doubt would be talks of awards consideration and rightfully so. Duplass and Livingston also give terrific performances as the brother who is trying to do right by his sister, and the father/husband who just doesn’t seem to ever catch-on.
Tully delivers on emotion, challenges parents, and makes single people question whether or not they want children. The Movie is remarkable, breathtaking, and a welcomed returm to form for Reitman. Tully is not to be missed and not soon to be forgotten.
Universal Pictures Canada release TULLY in theatres on Friday, May 4, 2018.