Marriage Story – 2019

  • Originality: Divorce is not a commonly told story in cinema; most prefer to tell the significantly happier side of the coin, but half the country is affected by it, including Noah Baumbach himself. Pulling from his personal experience, this film carefully meshes together his reality with the quirky world he creates for his characters to act in, to truly masterful effect. [5.0]
  • Performances: Scarlett Johansson has been starring in films for almost twenty years and her talent has always been apparent, but this film gives her the perfect arena in which to showcase it. Prior to this, Adam Driver has been seen as an up-an-comer who pops in things and is always a joy to have on screen; he shakes all of that off here and bursts into the spotlight without taking a breath. [5.0]
  • Technicality: This films doesn’t require any tricky shots or new cinematography techniques, it just needs to feel intimate. Baumbach perfectly captures the intimate nature of marriage and divorce by lingering on these characters and positioning the camera so that it sees more than just what they are doing or saying, it looks deep into every wrinkle and subtlety to tell you so much more. [4.5]
  • Rewatchability: For its rich dialogue and reality of divorce, this film deserves to be seen multiple times and appreciated for every bleak moment that leads to the cutthroat confrontations that come with divorce. The subject matter of this film can hit a little close to home for some and for others it might cause their spouse to think something is being plotted if watched too frequently. [4.0]

Total – [18.5/20.0]

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