Monday, April 13, 2020

Manic movie review: Marriage Story

Marriage Story is a dramatic movie directed by Noah Baumbach.  It stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver as a married couple going through divorce.  There are tears, and laughs, and blood, and a whole lot of acting.  Serious acting.  Acting with a capital "A."  Check out this scene:


It's clear that both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson have taken the online Masterclass taught by Natalie Portman.  You knowthe one where she teaches acting.  She describes (among other things) how to act as if you've just discovered your partner was cheating on you, and I'm sure many of her insights were useful. 


What's even more impressive about the above scene from Marriage Story is how they were able to demonstrate such a high level of acting without having a large number of props in the room from which to draw emotionally.  They were acting in a mostly bare apartment with blank walls.  So, maybe they paid special attention to Natalie's lesson about green screen acting. 

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