Theron and Davis accentuate both the attractive and unappealing sides of the role
Motherhood is a topic the film industry seems to pass over as not just an easily-portrayed one but often an unimportant one. The rise of feminism has made way for more female led films to be green lit by the Hollywood hierarchy and opens up a huge variety of options for fascinating new productions. Tully is exactly that as it explores motherhood in the most realistic of senses, offering all sorts of ideas on the most natural but often misunderstood of subjects.
Marlo (Charlize Theron) is a mother, completely overwhelmed with the tasks motherhood throws at her on a daily basis. However, when her brother suggests hiring a night-time nanny, Marlo is initially reluctant, but a realisation into her mental state forces her to reconsider. Tully (Mackenzie Davis) is hired and changes Marlo’s life completely. With boundless energy, Marlo remembers what it is like to have time to herself again whilst growing ever fond of her new friend Tully.
Without becoming a gimmick, or a cry for help, Tully is a marvellous showing of great understanding and admiration for the thankless job of motherhood. Theron and Davis accentuate both the attractive and unappealing sides of the role, whilst offering insight and an emotional awareness into what truly affects mothers in the modern day. It isn’t necessarily no holes barred, but it certainly doesn’t let up with its honesty.
It is funny and personal whilst offering a powerful sense of values. This comedic and lighter tone allows for the imagination to stray somewhat, without the film retorting to silly ideologies. There is a bond created between Tully and Marlo which is shared wonderfully with the audience. The film is about awareness at its core, and that shines through perhaps stronger than anything else.
Tully suggests that there is no need to struggle alone as a parent, particularly mothers, and tells this in an interesting and almost fairy tale-like manner. It won’t be for everyone with often slow progress and moments of down time, but its message is key, and is certainly made clear in just the way it needs to be.
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