Written by: Jennifer Onyeiwu
Marriage is complicated and divorce even more so.
This is clearly depicted in the latest film by writer-director Noah Baumbach entitled Marriage Story. It stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as Charlie and Nicole Barber; a stage director and actress grinding through their messy and uncomfortable bicoastal divorce and custody battle.
Marriage Story is a film about a family unraveling into a quiet vortex of dysfunction. It shows not only the disintegration of a marriage but also the evolution of a relationship. Throughout the 136 minute running time we get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of a dissolution of marriage. Although the ‘good’ part may seem counter intuitive considering the circumstances, what can be considered a positive is that it seems this artistic couple have not communicated as bluntly post marriage as compared to the duration. This can be especially identified in a heartbreaking scene where the two lead characters dive into the trenches of their marriage at Charlie’s new Los Angeles home. There is very strong acting from the two leads. In particular Adam Driver during the moments where he is processing information that is being hurled his way.
— To be continued in our January 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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