Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story

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https://deadline.com/2019/07/noah-baumbach-directed-marriage-story-set-as-new-york-film-festival-centerpiece-1202656947/

(Driver and Johannson's) “amicable” breakup devolves, one painful rash response and hostile counter-response at a time, into a legal battlefield, led on Nicole’s side by Laura Dern and on Charlie’s side by “nice” Alan Alda and “not-so-nice” Ray Liotta. Merritt Wever, Julie Hagerty and Azhy Robertson also star, the latter playing the son in the middle of the tug of war.

... (Eazy), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:07 (three months ago) link

sounds great

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:15 (three months ago) link

Listened to Alda's podcast episode with Adam Driver a few weeks back and they were mentioning this. Didn't have a title yet!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:17 (three months ago) link

gonna be a number of psychoanalyze-the-filmmaker pieces

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:25 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

Very close to Baumbach's best. It avoids the commonplaces of the divorce picture: flashbacks kept to a minimum, Driver's Other Woman is a red herring; Baumbach coaxes ScarJo and Driver into delivering arias steeped in vengeance and foiled love.

Bouquets for the leads and Laura Dern (whose comic timing is exquisite), not enough chatter for Julie Hagerty as ScarJo's mom and an ailing Alan Alda (his Parkinson's is noticeable).

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:30 (four weeks ago) link

Morbs, who has the hots for Driver, will dig his Sondheim rendition.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:31 (four weeks ago) link

Also: rather cool that the film, rare in America concerns process: the awful legal machinations and hefty price tags of modern divorce.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:32 (four weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

The first act is pretty fitful, but after that I warmed up to it. Both leads earn their plaudits. My main reservation is it's (on the plot level) a Rich White People Problems story. (In some ways NB's most 'Woody Allen' movie, not that it's a simulation of one.)

Fair amount of laughs btw, and at MoMA Baumbach told the end of Alan Alda's "Italian vacation" joke, which I guess i'll post eventually. Laura Dern is very amusing playing a total pro of a c*** lawyer (as is Ray Liotta). I found the score annoying-on-the-verge-of-treacly, and was surprised to find it's Randy Newman. Maybe there's just too much of it.

I'm fairly excited that Adam Driver may be the leading male American movie star of the next decade. What an improvement on DiCaprio.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 November 2019 05:28 (three days ago) link

Hm this has me more intrigued than any of the other Baumbach sans Gerwig pictures, wonder if I’ll be able to see it

president of deluded fruitcakes anonymous (silby), Saturday, 9 November 2019 05:37 (three days ago) link

Why wouldn't you?

It's better than any Woody Allen picture I've seen in at least 35 years.

Trying to remember whom Liotta reminded me of, I realized it's every carbuncled, overfed lawyer I've seen advertising on TV.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 11:52 (three days ago) link

Filmmaker Chad Hartigan thought of the Husbands and Wives era, and also commented on the class thing.

https://letterboxd.com/chad_hartigan/film/marriage-story-2019/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:02 (three days ago) link

When the films are good and the filmmaker coaxes out new nuances like an Ozu or Rohmer, thematic repetitions don't bother me much.

You know what I think of H&W!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:14 (three days ago) link

Once the very limited theatrical release in big cities is over on December 6, isn't everyone who doesn't have Netflix outta luck on this?

I hate this streaming-elitist media environment.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:17 (three days ago) link

It's better than any Woody Allen picture I've seen in at least 35 years.

There but for the grace of Bullets Over Broadway.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:37 (three days ago) link

Don't speak!

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:45 (three days ago) link

but for the screeching of Jennifer Tilly xp

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 November 2019 14:46 (three days ago) link


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