It’s strange how a film about divorce can be so engrossing. The first ten minutes of the film show you that this is, however, is not a divorce story but a love story. A marriage story. It’s about a couple who respect, love, and really seek to understand each other in the midst of a divorce and for me that sort of tone really felt refreshing. Its aesthetic is wonderfully clear and the storytelling benefits from this sort of continuity of style. The characters are all sharp and incredibly human (I really felt like I could put a name to any one of the faces). What I really appreciated about Marriage Story was that I at no point felt like the film was shoving a message down my throat. There are undeniable themes and some gender stereotypes are addressed but in a gracious context that invites understanding. It’s really a masterpiece of a story and is very much a contender for one of my favorite films of all time.