Marriage Story, directed by legendary filmmaker, Noah Baumbach, premiered on November 10, 2019 as part of the Hawaii’ International Film Festival. Comprised of an all-star cast, the film proved to gain both an abundance of emotions from the audience, as well as a loud applause at its conclusion. A twist from a typical love story, ‘Marriage Story,’ creatively tells of a marriages’ end. The filmmakers decision to incorporate aspects of humor, sorrow, and regret allowed viewers to personally feel the emotion that the actors brought to the screen. Both Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver delivered a passionate performance, perfectly capturing the realistic troubles and complications of a divorce.
The film follows the life of Charlie, played by Adam Driver, a theatre director in New York City and Nicole, played by Scarlett Johansson who is the star actress in his performance. The film begins with the two at a marriage counselor as the audience hears a voice-over of what Charlie loves about Nicole and then, vice-versa. Therefore, from the start of the film, the audience gains insight into the fact that the two have been already made the decision to split. Spectators learn that Nicole has made the decision to move back to Los Angeles to pursue a new television show and wishes to bring their son, Henry, with her. While in L.A, she meets a power-hungry Los Angeles divorce attorney, played by Laura Dern, which begins the onset of the couples downfall for the majority of the film. Nicole makes the choice to keep Henry with her in Los Angeles as a way to finally follow her career as an actress in Hollywood and remain close to her family. Therefore, an immense amount of complications arise for Charlie, as his career and home remains in New York City.
As the movie continues, the audience learns the intricate reasons that led to the ultimate decision to divorce, including a possible affair, individual stubbornness, and bringing one’s career into the couples’ romantic life more often than not. The film explores the problems of dealing with a divorce when children are involved, as well as the conflicts of relocation and the involvement of lawyers. The characters become overwhelmed with the complexities of getting a divorce and thus, their original love for one another begins to vanish. Both characters become blindsided with the economics and acts of betrayal involved, leading to a practical film about splitting apart and how to then move forward from it. Towards the end, the audience gains a sense of bittersweet closure from Nicole and Charlie, which will leave you wanting a continuation of their story.
Overall, I highly recommend this film to movie lovers of a more mature age or for anyone who may personally understand the complexities that relationships bring. Noah Baumbach beautifully delivers a story that will linger in your heart for moments to come. The last showing of Marriage Story will be on November 12, at 8:30 p.m and it is a film not to be missed.