Marriage Story brings rom-com energy to the agony of divorce
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Theres an inevitability to Marriage Story, a feeling of something like gravity: all-encompassing and firm, easy to forget its there as it slowly repels instead of attracts. Perhaps its due to director Noah Baumbachs intimate direction and script, which, despite its wrenching subject matter, plays like a rom-com. Theres sharp dialogue, rich with double entendre and implied history, thats delivered with an energy that makes it a real shame that its in the service of people falling apart, not coming together. Lines layer on top of and under one another, delivered with the easy rhythm of people who know each other intimately. The camera gets close, and we get to see them look at each other in ways that words fail to describe.