Film: Marriage Story Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Ray Liotta, Laura Dern and Alan Alda. Streaming: Netflix Score By: Randy Newman Director: Noah Baumbach Review By: Dion Hall Rating: 4 X's out of 5 X's Relationships can be the most rewarding yet the most difficult thing in our lives. When things are going well, life can seem easy and seamless. When things aren’t going well, a relationship can almost seem like it's own personal hell. Marriage Story, one of Netflix’s newest films, brilliantly captures this dichotomy. Marriage Story offers us a look into a marriage just as it is about to reach it's end. It balances the perspectives of both the husband Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) and his wife Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson). At the beginning of the film, we see the couple in New York City balancing their home routine while working at a small theater company. Charlie is a promising up and coming director and Nicole gave up her life as an actor on the brink of stardom in Hollywood to support Charlie at home as his wife and as the star of his plays. As their days play out in the opening of the film, there is a narration from each character on what they love about each other setting it up to seem like they are a solid couple. This is the deception because Charlie and Nicole are anything but a solid couple. With their marriage failing, Nicole inevitably looks to rediscover herself and her former life, this leads her back to her home of Los Angeles. Soon after she gets there she files for divorce and this is where things begin to get messy for each character. Anyone that has been in a serious relationship or anything close to marriage can relate to this film, it touches on just about everything that causes a relationship to fail from miscommunication, lack of communication, selfishness and infidelity just to name a few. The director does a fantastic job of not painting either Charlie or Nicole as the villain. You can really empathize with both characters and you can clearly see why it ultimately doesn’t work for them.
Marriage Story captures every emotion good, bad, and everything in between. You get to see both characters at their best and at their worst throughout the film. Marriage Story gives an authentic and genuine take on marriage and divorce. Those that have gone through it will undoubtedly relate on a deeper level. For those that haven’t take notes, it may help you to realize something about your relationship and quite possibly something about yourself.