'Marriage Story' Review

'Marriage Story' Review
An Emotional Masterpiece

Rating: ★★★★★

Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, Noah Baumbach's latest film 'Marriage Story' is a breathtaking work of art. Something that should be hung up in an art gallery and admired.
The movie is a compassionate yet incisive look at a family growing apart as well as staying together, told through the divorce of Charlie and Nicole Barber and their son Henry.

The acting is out of this world. I love Joaquin Phoenix's performance in 'Joker' but Adam Driver has now dethroned him. The emotional range he has is incredible. Scarlett Johansson gives her all. She sells the pain and suffering she is going through.
The argument scene is jaw-droppingly fantastic. The two viciously fighting with their words made me freeze in my chair out of terror and awe. If the two either don't get an Oscar nod or win in their respective categories, I'm gonna riot. The supporting cast is also great. Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta deliver excellent performances as the Barber's lawyers. Azhy Robertson as Charlie and Nicole's son Henry is tremendous.

The writing is amazing. Feeling realistic and grounded, it's undramatic approach to the subject matter of divorce felt refreshing. The dialogue spoken between characters was at times wickedly funny and other times devastating. 
The movie also never took sides. It was never biased or one-sided. Both Charlie and Nicole had pros and cons that counteracted each other, leading to a nice, neutral middle ground.

The cinematography made the movie feel alive. It brought you into this world, and besides the writing and acting, kept you engaged. There wasn't a single frame where I looked away.

Emotional and raw, 'Marriage Story' is a masterpiece in every sense of the word as well as the best film of 2019.