Director: Noah Baumbach
Writer: Noah Baumbach
Cast: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson

“Marriage story” shines a light on the divorce procedure. Charlie and Nicole are going through a divorce, but they are also trying to not ruin their son’s life.

The divorce, the legal process

I knew that divorce was terrible news, but not to this extent. Noah Baumbach shows us how ugly it really can become by doing divorce by using lawyers and etc.

Nicole wants to divorce and is taking a lawyer to defend her and forcing Charlie to find his own lawyer. If he doesn’t, he can lose custody of his own child.

Right from the start, we get to see how the law can be hard. Some of the rules are absurd but were made to protect some people. Although they are unfair towards some people.

During the procedure, it is the middleman that does the talking. They are not shy to see the opponent at his worst and say it out loud. The lawyers would do anything to make the opposite party look bad.

This is somehow hard to accept if I would find myself in the same situation. Nicole and Charlie did had the best of intentions, but they get overrun by the opinions of others hence the lawyers.

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Who side to chose?  Charlie or Nicole?

There is no good or bad side. Both of them have their mistakes and struggles.

At the beginning of the movie, they both made letters of what they love and hate at each other. It was something beautiful to hear, but it was something to look back on. The letters were to show the audience that this couple was in love.

Charlie wants to stay in New York, as he is a successful director. But Nicole wants to move out to L.A. for pursuing her dream as an actress/director.  This leads to complications for their child’s custody.

During their divorce, Charlie and Nicole remain friendly to each other, even if there is some conflict between them. You can still feel some tension while they’re trying to go on with their lives.

Character-based movie

“Marriage story” is told in both perspectives, Charlie and Nicole.

As an audience, we can understand both parties. Divorce is hard and heartbreaking. We get to see Nicole having breakdowns, but so does Charlie. These are the impacts that divorce has. There is no real winner in this “game.”

What really got me was that they were still trying to be kind to another while being in a divorce stage. These were small moments that were nice and sad at the same time.

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson have solid performances. This was Adam’s strongest one ever. In one scene where they are in dispute, it is one of the best acting performances of the year. I was mostly amazed by Adam, props to you, sir.

Conclusion

Not only is this a movie about divorce, but it is also a love story in its own way. Breakups can be heart wrecking, especially when kids are involved.

“Marriage Story” is Noah Baumbach’s best work until now. It cannot be overlooked. Prepare yourself to have your heartbroken, while having outstanding performances of Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

The film is available on Netflix!

4.5 stars