Marriage Story is a drama written, directed and produced by Noah Baumbach. The film follows a married couple going through a coast-to-coast divorce. Marriage Story is probably an unlikely scenario for divorce but not impossible. I was annoyed by their situation because I was hoping for better but didn’t get it.
Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) is a successful theater director in New York City. His theater company is currently producing a play that stars his wife Nicole (Scarlett Johansson), a former teen film actress. The film delves into happier days when the couple only had good analogies to define each other. They have a son Henry Barber (Azhy Robertson) that they both adore. Suddenly things begin to go sour initiated by Nicole. The couple begins to experience marital troubles, which sends them to see a mediator, who suggests that they each write down what they like about one another. Charlie writes his feelings but Nicole refuses to read hers aloud so they decide to forgo the counseling.
Meanwhile, Nicole is offered a starring role in a television pilot in Los Angeles, and she decides to leave the theater company and temporarily live with her mother Sandra (Julie Hagerty) in West Hollywood, taking the couple’s young son, Henry with her. Charlie decides to stay in New York, as the play is in the process of moving to Broadway. Despite the couple agreeing to split amicably and forgo lawyers, Nicole hires the family lawyer Nora (Laura Dern). Nicole tells Nora the full story of her relationship with Charlie and how she gradually felt neglected by him and how he rejects her ideas and desires.
Because I’m a happy ending kind of gal, I’m always looking for one. I truly dislike endings that leave me in tears or unknowing what happened or “make it up yourself”, resulting in open-ended closures. Marriage Story gave me semi-quasi closure but not the one I was hoping for. Driver and Johanssen are two of the best actors around and played Nicole and Charlie excellently. In some parts, the movie was a tad bit boring but was interesting for the most part. I didn’t really care for their son’s attitude but I think it’s a cultural thing. I’m not sure what message Marriage Story sends but it was well-acted. An awful lot of people really liked it and that’s what counts. Since Marriage Story is airing on Netflix, it’s easy to see it at your leisure, just remember the Oscars are presented on February 9th this year, so you don’t have that much time if you follow the award shows. Check It Out!
[MARRIAGE STORY is Oscar-nominated for BEST: Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Score and Original Screenplay — TOTALLING 6 OSCAR NOMINATIONS]
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Ready or Not is a black comedy/horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy. When I first saw this movie listed, it had 100% rotten tomatoes. A few days later it had been adjusted to 91%. The film is about a newly-wed woman who becomes hunted by her in-laws. I felt I had to see it. It was the biggest waste of my time, ever.
“Ready or Not” follows the ultra-rich Le Domas family. They are in the business of games and are about to add a new member, Grace (Samara Weaving) to the family. After courting Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien), the youngest brother of the family, the two have decided to tie the knot. The wedding is taking place on the enormous family estate where Alex’s parents, Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny) and Becky Le Domas (Andre Macdowell) have always lived along with their oldest son, Daniel Le Domas (Adam Brody), Tony’s sister, Aunt Helene Le Domas (Nicky Guadangi), Daniel and Alex’s sister, Emilie Le Domas (Melanie Scrofano), Daniel’s wife, Charity Le Domas (Elyse Levesque) and the butler, Fitch Bradley (Kristian Bruun).
Right after the wedding ceremony, Grace’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws convince her to take part in a terrifying game. Grace draws a card that says “Hide & Seek”, the one card nobody wanted Grace to get saddled with. After confirming they were actually going to play, Grace gets her set of rules and goes off to hide. After the maid accidentally gets shot and killed, Grace overhears a conversation that reveals she is the one being hunted for the kill.
“Ready or Not” makes an attempt to mimic “Get Out” but fails miserably. The movie is not funny and how it got 91% “Rotten Tomatoes” is one of those things that make you want to say “um”. The aura surrounding Ready or Not seems childish and didn’t make much sense. The reason for the game is survival of the Le Domes family but why did it come to this? It was suggested that an invisible person named Mr. Baile was seated at the dining room table. The invisible Mr. Baile was never really explained nor what happens if a different card were drawn. The sequences of events were beyond anyone’s understanding. There’s a car scene where the vehicle is shut down by the security company because the person driving wasn’t the owner. However, that person was in danger and hurt, needing medical assistance. The security company abandoned the situation leaving the person to possibly die. That is not funny, just crazy. I do not recommend seeing “Ready or Not”, even when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. If you decide this movie is for you, SEE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
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