Marriage Story is about a couple who respect, love, and really seek to understand each other in the midst of a divorce. I was apprehensive and put off watching it only because it seemed like a clear ‘Oscar bait’ film The story however is really brought to life by its characters and almost relies upon the incredible acting of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. That’s not to say the film is flat without them. Noah Baumbach benefits having directing control over his script making sure all of his characters are sharp and incredibly human (I really felt like I could put a name to any one of the faces). Its aesthetic is wonderfully clear and the storytelling benefits from this sort of continuity of style. 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.