Wow! Emotions run high in this extremely personal tale of divorce. Two incredible performances adorn this dialogue rich, Woody Allen-esque heartbreaking film. While this is an amazing near-perfect movie, it is also a hard one to recommend. If you don’t want to feel torn apart, frustrated, and emotionally drained, Marriage Story might not be for you. At the same time, I would say this has a high chance of this year’s Best Picture, or Best Director awards.
Hitting Netflix December 6th, Marriage Story is the new film from Noah Baumbach. His directorial catalogue is a beauty, with films like The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Frances Ha and the recent Netflix Original The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). He has also written for Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr. Fox. The guy is a serious talent, and nothing could be closer to the truth with Marriage Story.
Said to be fairly Auto-Biographical, Baumbach was married to actress, Jennifer Jason Leigh for 4 years, where they lived in New York, worked together, and had a child. This ended with a messy divorce, and while neither of them has talked about it publicly, Marriage Story definitely shows you who the winners and losers are in a divorce. At the same time it’s done in a very fair and evenly weighted manner.
Separating very amicably, everything changes as soon as lawyers are introduced. Enter the all-consuming frustration the film has to give. Two thirds through the film, I really wasn’t sure how I was feeling about what I was watching. Yelling, crying, screaming, it’s full-on. But I have to say by the end, looking back on the emotional rollercoaster you have just partaken in, this is an absolutely brilliant piece of film making.
Nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay are almost a certainty.