Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Marriage Story: Movie Review

What makes "Marriage Story" oh so dramatic is that it never feels like you're watching a work of fiction. Everything in it feels real and authentic. To how the relationship of our couple deteriorates to the cutthroat nature of lawyers and the law. It is a very heavy and emotional insight to the inner workings and ugly realities of relationships and society both at the same time that really strikes a chord.
Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) is a successful theater director in New York City while his wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) is a struggling actress looking out for her next big break. The couple has been experiencing marital troubles recently. When Nicole gets a role in a pilot television show, she decides to move to Los Angeles bringing their son Henry (Azhy Robertson) with her. Soon, Nicole realizes she wants a divorce and what was once a temporary and mutual separation might just become permanent.
Noah Baumbach has just made a masterpiece. Rarely does a film capture the essence and complexity of human reality and yet Baumbach pulled it off. "Marriage Story" will make you laugh and will make you cry. It is a devastating film that leaves you bewildered and at the same time enlightened. The film's highlight would be Adam Driver and SCarlett Johansson. Both had award-winning, authentic, and powerful performances as a couple struggling to maintain their relationship as each struggles to do away with each other in the most amicable way possible. We always say that actors have great chemistry in romance films and this is still the same case even if the situation have been reversed. Their performances were poignant and relatable and ultimately heart-wrenching. You can literally feel their love, hatred, and anger towards each other. Another strong point for the film was its narrative. The film not only tackles the issues between Charlie and Nicole but also the craziness, silliness and imperfections of the divorce law in the United States. It's not only a film about a couple's deteriorating relationship but also a commentary on how society functions at this point in time.
Rating: 5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- a very realistic and authentic look into how relationships work
- award-winning performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- devastatingly emotional for those with a weak heart


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