When I first seen the trailer for this movie, I thought it was an interesting one. Being a fan of Diablo Cody, I kept this movie on my radar for a while until I forgot about it. This happens because honestly there are just so many movies to see and other things to do. Anyway, I just happened to see this movie premiering on HBO and decided to give it a watch. Keep reading to see what I thought about it.
Tully tells the story of Marlo, played by Charlize Theron. Marlo is pregnant with her third child at the start of the movie and before having her third child you get a glimpse of her life. Dealing with two children is hard enough and it’s taking a toll on Marlo as her second child has special needs and her husband is basically absent most of the time. After giving birth to her third child, Marlo continues to stumble downhill until she hires Tully, played by Mackenzi Davis, as her night nurse. Things start to look up for Marlo at this point until things spiral out of control again.
I thought this movie was just OK. I really couldn’t get into it as there was nothing relatable in it for me. I do applaud Diablo Cody for making movie about postpartum depression. This disease is often overlooked even though there are more than 3 million cases of it over the course of a year. Marlo was one of the more severe cases of this disease and it shows how all of her symptoms, which are obvious throughout the course of the movie, are just overlooked by the people around her. She’s not seen and she’s not taken seriously until the end when a major twist is revealed. The twist was a really interesting one and made the movie, but it happened too late in the game for it to actually save the movie.
Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis really make this movie as they have a great back and forth between one another. The rest of the cast is a good stand in but don’t really matter. Ron Livingston plays the absentee husband pretty damn well and I’m not sure if he’s just that good of an actor or if he’s just bored with this role as he’s kind of typecast as the same character over and over again. Anyway, the cast tries really hard to make this movie work, but it was a really difficult task.
Overall I give this movie a 2 out of 5.
While this movie tries to shine a light on postpartum depression, I feel like it didn’t hit the mark with me or probably a lot of other viewers. I still applaud Diablo Cody for her effort, but this just wasn’t a movie that I found interesting in any way. I honestly don’t even know how to categorize this movie. It wasn’t a comedy and didn’t really feel like a drama either. I would say that if you miss this movie it wouldn’t be a huge loss, but if you do watch this movie, don’t go in expecting something life changing or altering.