Marriage Story (2019)


“Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see good people at their worst” – Ted

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Dec 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The breakdown of a marriage is seen from the different perspectives of the man and woman.

My Take on it – This is a film that has been hyped for quite a few months as the film to beat in numerous Oscar category races.

The movie is quite powerful and is at the same time very difficult to watch how the story unfolds and absorb everything that happens.

The story is presented in a very unique way that allow the characters to be developed really well by the way that we get to know them on such an intimate level through the course of the story.

The disagreements between the two main characters get deeper and deeper as things move along and part of that is due to their own desires but it is also partly due to peer pressure and manipulations by those who they confide in along the way.

This ‘helpful advice’ is used to fan the flames and take the situation into places that neither character expected to get or even dreamed that they wished to get there because things rapidly get out of hand.

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are both superb in this film and make it so easy to identify and relate to the way that they act and feel.

I won’t be surprised if both of them end up winning some shiny new statues for their mantles come February and the Oscars because of the way that they play these very plausible and realistic characters.

The story is presented in a very impactful way that works really well.

It is even more impactful for those of us who have more experience in the divorce process because we get to relive the various tactics and manipulations that are involved which can be painful yet helps identify with these characters and their situations even more.

It’s quite difficult to classify this film as being one of the most enjoyable and fun films of the year yet it is one that will remain on people’s minds for a long time after watching it because it feels so personal and is quite powerful in its storytelling.

Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta are all amazing in compelling supporting roles and are quite impactful on the way that this story moves along into some very extreme places that in some ways feel warranted but in other completely ridiculous, yet that is part of why this film is so powerful.

Bottom Line – Very powerful and difficult film to watch and absorb. The story is told in a very unique way which allows us to get to know these characters very intimately over the course of the film. The way that their disagreements get deeper and deeper as things move along is done really well especially when it seems that other characters around them are fanning the flames in order for the situation to get completely out of hand. Both Johansson and Driver give exquisite performances here and I wouldn’t be surprised if they both have shiny new Oscars on their mantles come February.  The story is extremely impactful in the way that it is presented.  Having said that tho, it is even more impactful for people who have gone through the divorce process because they can identify on an even deeper level than those less familiar with the tactics and process of divorce. This is not the most enjoyable film of the year and I can’t even say that it’s among the very best films of 2019, but it really is able to tell its story n a way that very few films are able to manage.  The themes dealt with here are very deep and even though I saw this film 6 days ago, I’m still constantly thinking about it which says so much about the way that the film works.  Dern, Alda and Liotta are all superb in very powerful supporting roles and also make such an impact on the way that the story unfolds. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Laura Dern ‘s character is loosely based on a real life female Los Angeles attorney who represented Dern and Scarlett Johansson during their respective divorces. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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