So with the list of oscar nominations rolling out lately, I happened to add a number of movies to my watchlist given I've been scouting for some interesting piece of cinema. And while we come out with reviews of a few of the Oscar-nominated movies (Oscar for the Best Picture), this review is about Marriage Story which released on the streaming platform Netflix. Given the genre and going by the look of it, here are my thoughts on the movie!
The beginning got me hooked
What better than an intriguing start that will make the audience stay with you? To give you a background, in a way Marriage Story is more about the separation between Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) who are parents to an eight-year-old Henry. While, the start may make you feel like there's so much love that there is between the two, the very next minute it becomes the past tense!
Additional characters = additional troubles
While the couple wants the divorce to be as peaceful as possible, every character that is introduced makes it difficult for the couple to mediate and work things through. Be it the lawyers, the co-workers, even the family for that matter, everyone makes it tougher than it already is.
The production design is spot on!
The soothing palette of the movie, the minimalism in a way, is just what is required to do justice to the whole setting of the film.
Reminds you of the 1979 Oscar-winning movie 'Kramer vs Kramer'
A legal drama dealing with the same subject starring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep won the Oscar for the Best Picture back in those days. The look and feel of the two movies are almost similar and the stories in a way match, however, there's a middle ground that's being it in Marriage Story unlike in Kramer vs. Kramer.