Film Review: Tully

Charlize Theron’s character Marlo doesn’t shy away from the realities of motherhood in Tully.  

Marlo is a New York suburban mum in her early 40s with two children and a third one on the way.

Her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) is the typical career focussed man who ‘does what he can’ with the kids, but usually plays video games to unwind at night.

When her brother gifts her a night nanny Marlo is hesitant to accept but after the incessant cycle of feed, sleep, change, repeat with newborn Mia, while still raising eight-year-old Sarah and five-year-old Jonah she accepts.

Director Jason Reitman has crafted the film so the audience feels her intensity, tiredness and overall dysfunction she experiences of motherhood.

Mackenzie Davis plays Tully the night nanny – who I perceived as a modern-day Mary Poppins.

She has everything under control from cleaning the house to caring for Mia and even baking cupcakes during the night.

After a few days with Tully’s help the change in Marlo becomes apparent as she begins to function normally again.

It all sounds lovely but there’s an unsuspecting twist which plays out in this dramatic human story.

The film is a raw account of a mother suffering post-partum depression and doesn’t shy away from the realities of modern mothering.

Theron provides her usual quality performance with an emotionally raw and fearless portrayal.

In cinemas 10 May.


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