“Sometimes the ending is where the story begins.”
I am truly wrecked, I am unwell, and I’m calling the 1-800-Academy-Awards hotline immediately. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship and lost themselves in their partner will truly relate to Marriage Story.
Welcome to writer/director Noah Baumbach’s Magnus Opus y’all, his most accomplished work yet. Get your popcorn and tissues ready, because you’re in for a roller-coaster ride of emotions.
Marriage Story is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. This is career best performances for both leads Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. I am so proud to see how far they’ve come as actors, and I’m here to campaign for them come Oscar season. (the movie also stars impressive performances by Laura Dern, Julie Hagerty and Ray Liotta).
Comparisons to 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer are inevitable, but Marriage Story pushes the audience a little further. It’s so unique when you can burst out laughing one scene, and immediately start sobbing the following. This is what Noah Baumbach has done, and my emotional stability is in question.
Baumbach’s 2010 divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh after the birth of their own child invites an unavoidable autobiographical comparison.
“Divorce is like death in a way,” he said. “When it happens to you, people can speak about it, but no one really wants to speak about it who’s not in it.” He laughed. “I just felt like there was a way to make a movie that was both very much about this subject,” he said, “and also totally transcend it.” via IndieWire
But I don’t want readers to feel deterred from this movie thinking it’s a depressive look at a marriage falling apart, because it’s much more than that.
“There are many hidden genres in the movie: a thriller, a legal procedural, a romantic comedy, a screwball comedy, a tragic love story, even a musical.” Noah Baumbach via Emanuel Levy
The movie also takes a look at how the system of divorce and how it operates can be a total shit show. It shows the layers of how tiny missteps can determine the overall outcome and how divorce can be a race to determine who will get to define the marriage.
Expect the Academy to just start throwing Oscars all over this movie. It deserves it.