Marriage Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It seems Adam Driver has a phobia watching himself act and sing.
The actor, 36, was in the middle of an interview with NPR’s “Fresh Air” host Terry Gross when he exited the Philadelphia building after Gross played a clip of Driver singing in his latest Netflix movie, “Marriage Story,”Adam Driver storms out of radio interview over clip of him singing in ‘Marriage Story’ | Fox News
The clip played was from Marriage Story where Driver is singing the song “Being Alive” by Stephen Sondheim from the 1970 play Company:
Had no idea the history of this song while it played and as I listen back to the lyrics, it adds an exclamation mark to what’s happening in the film. The divorce process is draining and here is Charlie, the director, in a state of invulnerability unable to express himself, except through song. Genius move in the film that I didn’t catch on the first view.
Instead, I was thinking, OK, he sings a song, she sings a song and I did catch that some of the lyrics were dark, but now that I’ve done deeper digging on the song and understand the play it derives from it adds another layer of power to the movie.
If you haven’t seen Marriage Story yet it’s available streaming on Netflix and firmly lodged in my personal favorite 2019 movies, in the top five movies as of this writing at #4, just behind #3 The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ another Netflix original movie.
More Reviews By Others
- A Constant Visual Feast: “I appreciate the level of craft that went into this thing, and the level of personal sentiment that went into it, too, but I don’t know, I really can’t abide the volume of precious writing that went into this thing.”
- An Odyssey Through Film: “…teems with obvious albeit affecting emotionality, an appropriately distressing breakdown of legalism in the divorce process and stellar efforts from all key players that help make this one of the best films of 2019 and Baumbach’s career.”
- Bob: “…hurt by its length where various well-acted scenes become sadly tedious. As a result, you are left as relieved by its eventual conclusion as our husband and wife who find a way to renew their respect for each other as the marriage finally concludes.”
- But Why Tho Podcast: “…a heartbreakingly beautiful film with some of the best performances of the year because of the raw emotions our leads display, more specifically Driver.”
- Charlie Morris Proofreading (4/5): “…what I can be sure of is the talent of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Their long scenes of uninterrupted, painfully honest dialogue are astounding”
- Chris / Session10 (5/5): “Charming, funny and sad in equal measure, Marriage Story, despite the subject matter, is the best love story you will see this year.”
- CineMuse Films (4/5): “You don’t need to be a divorce voyeur to find this well-trodden story highly absorbing, mostly because the two stars make it hard to take sides.”
- Deadly Movies & TV (Grade: A): “Having Johansson and Driver delivering the best work of their careers, and some of the best of the year so far, certainly doesn’t hurt. This combination of elite acting and brilliant writing had produced one of the most perceptive films of recent years; identifying what makes divorce so hard, but also why people fall in love with each other in the first place.”
- Dina and a Movie: “If you enjoy movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Breakup, then Marriage Story is probably worth a watch. If nothing else, you’ll get to pretend Nicole and Charlie are just Jessa and Adam from HBO’s Girls 10 years down the line.”
- Dylan McDermot Reviews (Grade: A+): “…one of the most mature, honest films I have ever seen. I felt like I was able to step into the lives of two strangers during one of the worse periods of their lives and walked out of it feeling like I’ve known these two my whole life. I’ve never seen a Noah Baumbach film before and I need to fix that.”
- Essential Movies (8/10): “The movie is very ambitious and quite promising but the movie itself forgets that when it’s halfway there. I loved it and I do recommend watching it but don’t go in with too much expectations because that always ruins the fun.”
- Erik: “One of the hardest parts of watching Marriage Story is trying to convince yourself that Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver were ever a happy couple. But if you can suspend this initial disbelief, the movie is so captivating because it is so real, and this particular argument was one of the most believable lovers’ quarrels on film”
- Fast Film Reviews / Mark Hobin (4/5): “…is a heartbreakingly effective portrait of how love fades where it once blossomed.”
- Franz Patrick’s Film Archive (4/4): “…an effective drama with observant comic moments because it bothers with the details: of the divorce, of how a parent interacts with his or her child; of how a child processes difficult situations; of how a lawyer’s strategy changes when provided potentially juicy information; of how feelings and motivations change with time.”
- Ghost Dog: “These characters are fully realized as their lives unfold before our eyes on the screen. Baumbach reminds me somewhat of Woody Allen in his more serious mode or a later version of Henrik Ibsen. A masterful storyteller who presents to us the drama of ordinary domestic life about characters we ultimately come to like and care about.”
- Heather’s Hot Takes: “…one of those rare films that isn’t afraid to rip your heart out. It does not fear to dive into the ugliness of divorce and the harsh realities of two people falling out of love. This raw authenticity of watching the two protagonists go through the rollercoaster of grief, rage, and acceptance is what makes A Marriage Story so remarkable and so heart breaking.”
- I Draw On My Wall: “…it’s both exciting and unnerving to watch them evolve and, in some cases, devolve. It’s a reminder that not everything lasts, actually that very little lasts, and after watching the film you may think it a miracle that anything ever does last, even for just a short amount of time.”
- Isabelle Reviews Movies: “…is incredibly well-acted. This is an incredibly personal and raw story from Baumbach who gives it his all for this film, and that is what makes it one of the best films of the year.”
- Jade / The U (5/5): “…paints an authentic and emotionally raw portrait of love lost, with heartfelt honesty and compassion.”
- Jordan and Eddie (4.5/5): “Hilarious, heart-breaking and heart-felt, Marriage Story is one of the finest film’s yet made about divorce and relationship breakdowns, masterfully brought to life by Baumbach and his lead performers.”
- Little Movie Reviews / Sarah (Grade: A): “All the elements involved perfectly come together to make a genius work like this. And though some may look at this film and see nothing but an array of sloppy crying and yelling, which I can understand, I can’t rate Marriage Story anything short of an absolute knockout.”
- Mark Walker / MARKED MOVIES: “…a work of brilliance. Few filmmakers can structure or capture such authenticity in their storytelling as Baumbach does here. Relationship break-ups are never easy viewing but this is among the most heartbreaking and sensitively handled. It’s a very tender and hugely affecting film where both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson soar.”
- Mesh The Movie Freak: “At its core, it’s a film about life and being a human. Because being human, like a marriage, itself is complex. And when it comes to divorce, as quoted in the film, “It’s not as simple as not being in love anymore”.”
- Mixed Cuentos: “I highly recommend you to see it with your own eyes and feel it through your own arteries. It is cheaper than therapy”
- Netflix Original Movies Reviewed: “…a real gem of a film. Baumbach has hit a personal high here that I haven’t seen since The Squid and the Whale and even surpasses that film. I also thought very highly of TMS and Frances Ha, but Marriage Story is just at another level.”
- The Not Left Handed Either Guy Film Guide: “…is an impressive film. It isn’t in my top ten simply (and obviously) because there are films I’ve enjoyed a lot more this year but this is certainly one to admire.”
- Obsess Reviews: “I admire it for its humanist, empathetic look at a relationship gone sour, and its endless depths that I’m sure I will emotionally delve deeper into upon a rewatch.”
- Often Off Topic: “We’re reaching the peak of Adam Driver season and if he doesn’t take home an Oscar for this one I will RIOT. How an actor can express that much emotion is beyond me, some scenes were honestly difficult to watch because of it. It felt like I was intruding on something private.”
- Plain, Simple Tom Reviews (5/5): “A brilliant, believable and fascinating story about the devastating effect that divorce can have on a family, Marriage Story is excellently written, cleverly directed and edited, and both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson knock it out of the park with their tremendous and genuine performances.”
- The Blog Complainer: “This is the type of movie where everyone is going to get something out of it because of how realistic it is.”
- The Jagged Word: “…well-acted, well-told, and excellently shot. The one thing it is not, is fulfilling.”
- The Reviews (3.5/4): “The disagreements and the lack of communication which slowly drove them apart eventually reveal their meanings in real and lasting ways, but never without Baumbach’s textured, complex, and ultimately greatly empathetic approach, which contrasts itself with the clinical legal battles swirling around the couple, and remains fixated on the human core: the messy, contradictory, consuming, profoundly felt emotional center of the film whose encompassing nature gives it such moving power.”
- Write On Ejaliegh: “At times, the pace is quite slow and hypnotic. There is little frivolity in this movie. It is profoundly meaningful and the lead actors are multi-dimensional and credible.”
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