Roughly half a year ago I watched Marriage Story and I absolutely loved it. It was funnier than expected and it was riveting. Plus, it felt like a really smart and well-written film. My mother said that if I liked it that I should watch Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that essentially became the blueprint for these type of divorce dramas, so I finally got around to watching it today and boy was I engrossed.
Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a late 1970s’ take on the story as it completely frames the wife as the villain of the story while the father is branded as the hero in little Billy (that’s their son’s) life. In a way, the same thing kind of happens in Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson’s character becoming a bit of the villain in the story even though Adam Driver’s character is ultimately the one that destroys the marriage when he decides to cheat with a fellow co-worker.
But despite Marriage Story‘s modern spin on the classic divorce drama it doesn’t come close to the enjoyment that I felt watching Kramer vs. Kramer.
When I first saw the trailer for Marriage Story last year I knew it was going to be a good film. My gut feeling was confirmed when it started garnering Oscar buzz and favorable reviews last December for its riveting storytelling and its powerful performances by its lead actors, Adam Driver, and Scarlett Johansson. I finally watched it yesterday and I have to say, it was pretty spectacular.
Marriage Story is everything you’d expect it to be; a depressing film about a couple who are dealing with the hardships of divorce, but what I found the most surprising about this movie was its strong attention to detail and sense of humor.
Every scene is permeated with a feeling of hilarious realism as the whirlwind of having a divorce slowly breaks down these characters, Nicole (Johansson) and Charlie (Driver) until they’re red in the face and screaming at one another in a thin-walled apartment complex.
The music, when it is heard, fills each scene with a sense of effervescent solemnity that gives the movie a distinct feel. The writing by Noah Baumbach is top-notch brilliant, digging deep into the meat of these characters without ever feeling exposition-heavy or like you’re obtaining small details that you don’t need.
And Adam and Scarlett are a match made in heaven. No, I never thought Black Widow and Kylo Ren himself could come together to be a believable married couple who have to split up with one another but yes, they did, and it was great casting. Continue reading ‘Marriage Story’ Is a Really Good Movie→
If you were expecting Awkwafina to get her first Oscar nomination for The Farewell, well, she didn’t. If you thought Jennifer Lopez was well on her way to having a nomination for her critically-acclaimed role in Hustlers…think again. If you thought Frozen II was an incredible film and totally deserving of an Oscar nomination The Academy had other plans.
The Oscars this year delivered a lot of snubs, showcasing a list of nominations that lack both diversity and excitement. On the bright note, Joker would end up making history by receiving 11 nominations, the most of any comic book film. (Maybe Hollywood is finally beginning to understand the hard work achieved to make a fantastic comic book movie.) So, on that note, here is the list of Oscar nominations. Enjoy!
(I am only sharing the categories I found to be the most important.)
The Golden Globes are tonight (woo-hoo!) and that means the first major movie award season has begun. Who will win? What surprises are in store? And will it dictate the outcome of the Oscars? We’ll find out soon enough. But for now, here’s my prediction of the Golden Globe results from tonight. Enjoy!
Best Animated Feature Film
While Toy Story 4 isn’t the best installment in the quadrilogy going up against films like Missing Link, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and even Frozen 2, which would not receive the same amount of praise as its predecessor, it seems like Toy Story 4 is the clear favorite to win. Continue reading The Golden Globes: Who’s Taking Home the Prize?→
The list of the Golden Globe nominations was released yesterday and it was clearly exciting. This is the moment I wait for all year and while this isn’t a definitive idea of what to expect for the Oscars it’s very clear that this award season is going to be stacked to the rafters with talent and arguments for each actor and actress to win the awards this season. So, with no further delay, here’s the list of Golden Globe nominations.
(I will stick to listing the movies and not the television shows.)
Best Animated Feature Film
Three animated Disney movies in the run for Best Animated Film at the Golden Globes. Which one will win? I’m guessing that Toy Story 4 will probably take home the title, considering that it was a legitimately good story with plenty of heart, as expected. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, if better, would probably be the home run favorite for the recipient of this prize. And Frozen II, while smashing box-office expectations, was said to feel a bit derivative and not unique enough to stand out. Continue reading Here is the Fascinating List of Golden Globe Nominations!→