Since it’s been nearly a while since I watched most of the Oscar Best Picture Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch all 9 of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films. I am rewatching them in no particular order. Here are my Optimized thoughts on Marriage Story (2019) :
“Getting divorced with a kid is one of the hardest things to do. It’s like a death without a body. ” – Bert
Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 Dec 2019 and 3 Feb 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Story that shows how a marriage can be deconstructed while going through the divorce process.
My Take on it – This is a film that is able to show a very realistic depiction of what has become a very mainstream scenario for many people in this world.
Love the fact that they choose not to sugarcoat anything and that helps make things even more powerful.
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver are both superbly cast in the lead roles and both give career defining performances with these roles.
They were both nominated for Oscars for their work here, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem as if either of them will walk home with a little statuette on Sunday evening for their work here.
The question actually remains as to whether this film will be able to turn any of its 6 nominations into a win.
Their best bet is Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress.
She seems to currently be the weakest link in the acting categories and if there is an upset, it might be in her category.
The story is told at a great pace and they are able to enhance the story, characters and scenarios portrayed by the use of lots of little details that work so well in establishing things for the viewer.
In addition to Dern’s supporting performance, both Ray Liotta and Alan Alda also have some great roles filled with catchy and realistic dialogue that help make things feel even more genuine.
This film shows the true face of divorce and divorce lawyers and we get to see the kind of things that people in those situations need to deal with as thing slowly begin to get out of hand along the way.
This is by far not an easy film to watch especially since it is able to present too many situations that feel all too real yet at the same time these same scenes help make this such a powerful film to watch.
Bottom Line – Unique film that takes a very touchy subject and doesn’t sugarcoat it at all. Both Johansson and Driver give career defining performances here and both deservingly were nominated for Oscars for their performances. Unfortunately, neither will be taking home Gold on Sunday night for these roles and the question actually remains as to whether this film will manage to walk away with any of the 6 Oscars it is nominated for. Its best bet is Dern for Best Supporting Actress who seems like a shoe in, but might be the category that will surprise everyone. The story moves along at a great pace and the attention to detail with the characters and the scenarios that they encounter help enhance this film so much. In addition to Dern, Liotta and Alda are also both great in supporting roles and show the true face of what people need to deal with during a divorce that slowly gets out of hand. Not an easy film to watch since it presents too many situations that are all too real, yet that is part of what makes this film so powerful. Highly Recommended!
Oscar Best Picture Worthy? – Yep. Very realistic depiction of divorce that hits quite hard yet still remains fascinating to watch.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based in large part on Noah Baumbach’s own experiences when he divorced Jennifer Jason Leigh in 2013. According to Baumbach, Leigh read the script, has seen the film, and likes it. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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