Last Saturday I came across an original movie on Netflix that caught my eye. The two main actors, Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, made it even more intriguing.
Driver is an eclectic actor and Johansson has an acting style that I've come to appreciate. So, I sat back to watch "Marriage Story," and it has its ups and downs but what I liked most about this movie is the reality of the story and if you are a person that likes to imagine yourself in the scene than you will get your money's worth.
It begins with the two main characters, Nicole and Charlie, describing why they fell in love with each other. A laundry list if you will, of their quirky yet endearing things such as being sensible, a good dresser, or a positive influence, and my favorite is when Charlie states Nicole is always brewing a cup of tea she never drinks and gives unique presents.
Nicole thinks Charlies is very self-sufficient, yet she is the main caregiver in the house. They have one son, Henry, and the opening scenes show how each spends enormous time with each other and Henry.
Enter the therapist that is helping them come to terms with their differences and hopes to help them divorce with dignity. Nicole has family in California and their life is in New York City.
Each made changes during their young lives to be this couple. This handsome couple on the outside never really communicated their wants and needs over the years. Charlie is a producer/director for an off-Broadway theatre company and Nichole acts in them.
She recently accepted a role in a TV series and returns to Los Angeles with their son, and the separation begins.
This is where the couple as two mature adults begins to lose sight of the amicable divorce they wanted. In my experience, the last people that should be involved in a couple's differences is family and friends that don't know them but want to give them advice that is more about their grief with a bad break up.
As Nichole reaches out for advice, she finds a man-hating lawyer, Nora, that convinces her to take control of her life as if she was a battered wife.
As I watched Nicole tell her story to Nora, I found myself living her life as many women do. We become absorbed in the life of the person we share our bed with. We forget to keep hold of the person we were when we met.
Instead of expecting that person to understand our realization that we are lost in their life, we begin to resent them and push them away. Hating our self and hating our life without telling them to stop and look at us.
Asking them to tell us who they see when they look at us. In most cases, this man is blinded by any changes you might make because what I've learned over the years is he sees you as the woman he fell in love with. No hair color, weight gain, or disability can change their tunnel vision and Charlie is that kind of man.
In addition, I had a flashback of other movies addressing marriage in different decades like "Kramer and Kramer" and thought this is another remake of a story that happens more than not.
The victims in both movies are the innocent husband and wife that want to do the right thing for their child as well as their soon to be "Ex" yet the attorneys use personal information, to rack up fees and turn their lives upside down.
This movie has truth to it, the scenes of the couple grappling with their emotions are as true as it gets. I applaud Netflix for its depiction of the ending of a marriage in today's world.
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