Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, and more.
“Marriage Story.” Quite possibly one of the most shockingly good films I have watched this year. I say this from the perspective that I would have never expected to enjoy a Netflix movie styled like this and also have it be so impactful. On top of that, I never would have expected a straight up drama to earn a Best Picture nomination, but I must say that I am glad it did. Here is the Oberrating for Best Picture nominee, “Marriage Story.”
“Noah Baumbach incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.”
When it comes to a straight up drama film with no thrills, action sequences, or major twists and turns, I typically am pretty 50/50 when it comes to being in favor of or against. “Marriage Story,” to my surprise, is a dramatic film that lands on the positive side of the spectrum. Early on as this movie began making waves on socials and with my other movie friends, I really did not think I would be all that invested in it despite the praise. However, once I finally got to watch it, I simply could not look away. Director Noah Baumbach did a phenomenal job with this script along with his excellent direction for what he wanted to be showcased within the film.
The core reasoning for me being absolutely invested in the film was the performances of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. If you could not gather by now, the two play as the couple moving through the process of divorce while also trying to figure out how to keep their family together for the sake of their son. These two are truly exceptional. I would even go to say that I can not favor one over the other. For me, they truly feel as equals in terms of them putting forth an exceptional effort in their performances as separating parents. While nothing in the movie can out do the core argument scene, the entire film carries a consistent pace of a dramatic story line as the two both argue and talk out their differences in attempts to salvage their family for the coming future.
To critique the film, I would say just a few things. One, I would point out that although that I was absolutely in it for a large duration of the movie, I did find it a bit slow at times. It did not lose my attention, but it was more so me just waiting to get through the phase of the film as I knew what was coming or what the segment of the movie was about.
Second, aside from Adam, Scarlett, and their son played by Azhy Robertson, all the other characters in this film do not carry much weight.
When Netflix wants to put out quality content, damnnit, it really knows how to. Between the stellar TV series’ to these Oscar nominated films, they can really roll them out. “Marriage Story” joins a class of Netflix films that are so highly regarded that they become award nominated caliber material. I, myself, will even back the quality here. “Marriage Story” is a pure-blooded drama film that through the powerful story and the well acted performances will keep you locked in and feeling every moment. For those who like a slower dramatic film, this is a surefire lock to be viewed by those audiences.
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