Tully Reviewed by Jarred Tito

The Premise
The film is about Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully.

The Review
A thought provoking movie that has all the hallmarks of an endearing drama. Charlize Theron, who takes the lead role as Marlo, a struggling mother of a son with special needs, is taken to the very limits of what she can withstand both mentally and physically. When she gives birth to their second child her delicately balanced life threatens to completely destabilize. She has a somewhat estranged husband, Ron Livingston, though very much part of her life, is lost somewhere between work and financial struggles.

The film takes a sharp turn when Tully, Mackenzie Davis, arrives almost ‘heaven sent’ into the scene as the ‘Night Nanny.’ It’s her job to relieve mothers from the overnight duties of a new-born by providing such tasks as feeding, changing nappies and whatever else a baby does which keeps a parent awake in the small hours of the night. Tully is fun and enthusiastic, experienced and intuitive which is exactly what Marlo needs. Together, Marlo and Tully, begin to take back Marlo’s life one night at a time.

Although the plot seems simplistic and straight-forward, which the best films quite often are, there is a lot more to it. Theron’s performance is one of her better ones which is significant when you consider she is an Oscar winner. Her role play is very naturalistic as is the story. You might even say that this could be a beginner’s guide to parenthood? Well at least for the first half of the film.

Ron Livingston, who plays the husband, has a very good performance too. His role sadly reflects a lot of the ‘modern father’ molds who haven’t quite passed through from being adolescents into manhood. He finds himself stuck between work, father duties and video games. I am imagining that the writer is trying to portray a sad reality that they have encountered themselves. I think Ron nails the character perfectly.

Mackenzie Davis, the relatively new comer, adds a little bit of relief to the equation but not without some doubts. She is almost too familiar with the whole family situation. She’ young and bold but almost a little too expert with her skills. Naturally enough this creates caution on the part of Marlo when she has to entrust her new baby and life over to the hands-off Tully, the Night Nanny.

The Verdict
I enjoyed this film. It’s a real thought provoking story that comes with a fair amount of real-life dramatic events that with either have you, as a parent, nodding in painful agreement or conversely, have your ‘eyebrows raised’ muttering, ‘really?’. Over-all a very complete movie that will take you on an emotional journey. There’s some good viewing here worthy of its praises.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 10th May 2018
Rating: TBC
Duration: 96 minutes 
Genre:  Drama/comedy
Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Charlize Theron, Ron Livingston
Director: Jason Reitman (Young Adult, Up In The Air)