DIRECTOR: Noah Baumbach (the squid and the whatle, the meyerowitz stories)
STARRING: adam driver, scarlett johanson, laura dern, and alan alda
REVIEWER: nick tonkin
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 an affecting, heart-wrenching story portraying the period of time after a couple recognises their marriage is to come to an end. Charlie and Nicole (Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson both in career best form) have a young son Henry, and work together in Charlie's successful theatre company in New York.
When Nicole secures a lead role in a TV pilot in Los Angeles, Charlie stays behind thinking the move will be temporary while the show runs its course and Nicole and Henry will return to life New York. Unaddressed and unresolved issues between the couple come slowly to the surface preventing them from either reconciliation or progression in their split.
These elements of the lives of these people are explored by the film with such consideration and compassion; it allows you to commiserate with and appreciate the positions and feelings of both parties as they struggle through an increasingly acrimonious situation. This is made more affecting to see as Charlie and Nicole clearly care for each other and the wellbeing of their son, but the situation makes this increasingly opaque between them.
Marriage Story certainly is an example of excellent filmmaking, as its accolades can attest. Writer and Director Noah Baumbach, Johansson and Driver have created something truly moving and worthy of a viewer's time.