Marriage Story – Netflix Review

Marriage Story is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written, directed and produced by Noah Baumbach. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, with Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Julie Hagerty, Merritt Wever, and Wallace Shawn in supporting roles. The film follows a married couple (Johansson and Driver) going through a coast-to-coast divorce. I thought it was great, though it should really be called Divorce Story.

The acting is fantastic and the overall plot is strong. This movie’s commitment to realism really sells it and the message I got from it was valuable. It’s not a feel good movie. It’s a movie that will bring emotions out of you, emotions you were never aware you had. It’s a movie about fatherhood and motherhood. It’s a movie about togetherness and separation.
This film is about a unique feeling, the feeling that depicts, the volatile state of mind when your are about to or you have already left something behind, that you care and still sometimes get the hang of that it could have worked in some other way!
Movies such as this only are made once or twice in a decade. I will give the director, writer, cast and crew full credit for creating something that has left such profound feeling of disparity, sorrow, grief and anger, yet, at the same time, you feel connected to all the characters. You would want to pick sides, but you won’t be able to. That’s the beauty of this movie. Unlike Kramer vs Kramer, where you clearly are rooting for Ted, or in A Separation, where you empathise with what Simin is going through, Marriage Story will leave you pondering about the reality of the separation. This movie covers a couple going through a divorce and pulls no punches about the hardship of all of it.

The core issue is that the breadwinner is Charlie and his wife Nicole wants to move from NY to LA to get a part in a show. Charlie elects to stay in NY and continue directing his successful broadway plays. Both parties here are selfish.

Nicole is willing to uproot her child and throw away her marriage because of a dream. Charlie is willing to let this happen and lose his son because of his dream. They are both selfish and equally responsible for their failed marriage. Nicole is not in love anymore, she is happy that she had to courage to leave Charlie and stand up for herself.

The couple split amicably with no lawyers but eventually, Nicole hires a high priced lawyer and takes it to court. By the end Charlie is destitute, losing his company, and losing his son. In the end, Nicole allows him to have his son over for an extra night and he thanks her sincerely. Charlie thanks her for allowing him to see his son- this is supposed to be sweet but to me it is horrifying.

Nicole took all of Charlie’s money, his business, his dreams, and his son and then throws him scraps and we are suppose to think she is a good person? I refuse to think this. She is a bitter person that put her son and husband through hell for petty revenge.
I guess this is where the film lost me and gained me. I despise Nicole by the end despite the attempts of the movie but I respect its commitment to realism.
A beautiful film, and magnificent job by Noah Baumbach (the director).

You Season 1 – Review

“You” Season 2 premieres Dec. 26 on Netflix. So here is the review of it’s season 1.

“YOU” is an American psychological thriller series developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. The first season is based on the eponymous 2014 novel titled YOU by Caroline Kepnes.
“YOU” is a show that most certainly captures the essence of the complexity of love and the lengths that some are able to go for it. It is undoubtedly thrilling, keeping me stressed out about what will happen next. It’s also incredibly good at warming ones heart. You’ll find yourself both loving Penn Badgley as Joe (protagonist), and his kind heart and selflessness, but also hating his guts.
“You do bad things for the people you love but it doesn’t mean it’s right. It is because love is more important” . This is what Joe, the main character in the series, said to a little kid after he did something ‘bad’. It somehow sums up what the series is all about.

It could be love that drawn Joe (Penn Badgley), a bookstore manager to Beck (Elizabeth Lail), a struggling new writer after he first saw her at the bookstore.

After a series of barely ignorable stalking from Joe, the series started like your usual cheesy romantic story but it turns out creepy and bloody as it continues to unravel before your eyes. Yes it could be love or could it be addiction?
In a sense the show is nothing less than breath-taking. The cinematography and acting are also great.
However the flaws that are causing me to wonder whether my time spent watching this show was worth it are a few poor plot decisions, some pretty unrealistic scenarios, and a pretty terrible ending. While Joe is a stalker, the lengths that he goes to, and things he’s able to get away with, are unnervingly unrealistic. He sneaks his way into houses to watch people, literally tip-toeing around them. Realistically he would most DEFINITELY, been seen or heard. And more importantly no one would go to these lengths to stalk someone. His relationship with Beck, the main love interest, is very enthralling and profound, yet it feels like it was dragged on until the very end of the season for no reason. Seriously. The writer(s) even made them take a little break for two episodes just so they could prolong the season which ended incredibly anticlimactically. They have already milked the hell out of the whole “look at me I’m a murderer who can’t be caught” thing, and realistically he would have most definitely been caught for at least a few of them. The murdering spree is basically definitely going to be continued based on the way the first season ended. He killed what seemed to be the love of his life, eliminating the intimacy and real ness between the two that had been building through the whole season, which leaves me with little excitement for the second season.
All in all, this series had me pretty interested throughout its entirety, and if you’re looking for a show that hits both the categories of a romance and a thriller/horror, then this one does so pretty adequately.

Few unrealistic details and a plot that could use some work but if you’ve got the time I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch.

The Witcher- Netflix review

The Witcher is a Polish-American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The series premiered on Netflix on December 20, 2019.
The characters and storyline managed to grip me throughout the entire season and I enjoyed every minute of it. The casting seemed almost perfect and now, some of the characters seem like they could never be acted by anyone else.
The storyline might seem confusing and wild at first and takes time to figure out and connect with it but once I did, I loved it. I came to realize that this wildness and difference from any other show is what makes it The Witcher – and I didn’t come to watch a remake of game of thrones, so I loved it. They delve into excellent and unique ideas and plots that make the show something definitely worth watching.

The strength of this series really relies on the cast and the writers. It is truly refreshing to see a group of people who all seem to really love what they’re doing and be putting so much effort into their performances.

Henry Cavill is spectacular as the iconic Geralt of Rivia and expands on previous iterations of the character, making the role his own while still staying true to all the aspects that makes the character so great.

He does an amazing job in his role and his performance was one of the focal points that I enjoyed in the show.

The supporting characters and two other leads (Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg and Freya Allen as Princess Cirilla) all bring this fantasy world to life with very real performances that remind us that they don’t have to be saving the world from an apocalyptic danger for their stories to hold true dramatic weight, and that’s also a testament to the great writing this series has.

The backdrop of conquest, war, and apocalyptic prophecy was well balanced with Geralt’s daily routine of monster hunting, a task his kind was designed to do as a Witcher. I’d add that the magical effects were also perfectly done. They were both subtle and effective.
The combat in this series is beautifully done. The scenes with Geralt fighting enemies with the camera panning him from the back is cinematography at it’s finest, along with the very gory, explicit kill scenes, all tying into the dark fantasy world. The sword fights all seemed realistic and natural, along with the powerful but not over powered magic.
My only criticism is that it can be difficult to follow at times when it jumps around to different points in time, even for someone familiar with the lore. However, paying closer attention pays off, and re-watching certain scenes can be both rewarding and productive. Though I’d humbly suggest that Hissrich include some date annotation going forward – and trust that it won’t detract from the story.
In summary, the first season is off with a bloody, sardonic, and immensely satisfying start. It’s a masterfully crafted and acted adaptation, and I have little doubt that it will become massively popular as it continues. Personally, I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
Do keep in mind, the timeline in the episodes are not linear so keep an eye out for the obvious hints that will help you make the connection.
Really excited for the upcoming season.