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Film Trailer Review: Marriage Story (2019)

After Roma┬áhaving some major success in the awards season earlier this year, Netflix are back with another film to break into this year’s race. This time, it comes from Noah Baumbach in a film titled Marriage Story. Whilst appearing to be simple in presentation, Netflix have done something quite different for their first set of trailers. For the first trailer, Netflix has actually released two editions of it: one from the man’s perspective and one from the woman’s perspective. Check them both out here and then continue to read on for my reaction to them.

Directed By: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern Synopsis: A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a gruelling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes.

For a film like this, having two separate advertisements is genius. I love the presentation on this, focusing on both partners and what they think of each other in the relationship. It feels personal, sentimental, and it is the perfect way to communicate the main focus on this film. Not only that, but the loving and caring first half of the trailer becomes a drop when the twist is revealed that the couple are getting a divorce.

What makes this trailer work are the two performances by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Driver is continuing to give career defining performances, and Johansson is having a shot here at getting her first Oscar nomination for this film. They are seeming to find a balance between love and care, and drama and sadness, and this looks to be a very layered performance by both actors.

If I have a worry for the film, it is going to be about the very simple plot. As of right now, this seems to be a film about a married couple getting a divorce, and that is about it. I have no idea what social commentary Baumbach is going to make here, but he is going to have to be careful not to insult people and their beliefs on marriage. I am also worried that this is just going to be the entire plot, and there is no real story or exciting moments in it. It almost looks too simple to be a feature length, Oscar contending film. More details should come about this film when it heads to film festivals in the upcoming weeks, but I want there to be meat on the bones with this film.

Because of the unique presentation and simple story of the film, people are already talking about potential twists and surprises that this film could be hiding. It seems that, from the trailer, Charlie thinks better of Nicole than she does of him, so perhaps she is the one that made the decision for the divorce. Maybe there is a family tragedy laying at the bottom of this partnership, or something else that caused the divorce to come about. Either way, I am excited to see what people think is going to happen here, as very little is actually revealed about the plot.

I think Netflix did a great job releasing these two trailers and getting people to start talking about what could be going on. I do think they will need to release more of a plot-centric trailer to get people officially hooked in, but it is a promising start for the campaign of Marriage Story.

What did you make of the two trailers? Are you already excited to see this film, or do you need another trailer to have you convinced? Let me know in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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