MARRIAGE STORY – “An emotionally gutsy tour de force”
Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha - 2012)
- Scarlett Johansson as Nicole Barber
- Adam Driver as Charlie Barber
- Laura Dern as Nora Fanshaw
- Alan Alda as Bert Spitz
- Ray Liotta as Jay Marotta
- Azhy Robertson as Henry Barber
- Julie Hagerty as Sandra
- Merritt Wever as Cassie
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.
Marriage Story is without question an emotionally gutsy tour de force from celebrated director Noah Baumbach. This is a film that is all about a journey of love, love loss, and everything in between. Helping this affecting voyage along are the pitch perfect performances, as Driver and Johansson portray honest and raw emotions with impressive ease. There is little doubt you’ll feel for both throughout, perhaps even picking a “side” in the proceedings. The movie isn’t all melancholy doom and gloom however (although “Divorce Story” would be a more apropos title), as there are a fair number of funny circumstances. Laura Dern is especially (darkly) humorous here, as she delightfully pulls off a ruthless attorney with a knack for stirring up sh*t. Marriage Story never loses its authenticity though, as it’s always played as being in the world of plausibility (heck, a lot of viewers will have gone through exactly what these characters go through). So in the end, it’s probably best to ready your heart before watching, as this is one movie that will tug at it long after it is over.