1. Adam Driver sings in ‘Marriage Story’
We all know Noah Baumbach’s latest, though titled Marriage Story, is actually about a grueling and painstaking divorce between a couple. And yet, the story told could ultimately be described as a love story. Through all the lawyers and the processes of going through their divorce, Charlie and Nicole still have a kind of love for each other. It’s not the love that existed before, but something evolved and new. They will continue to love each other in this way while separated.
The whirlwind of the divorce proceedings is felt not only by the couple at the film’s center, but by us as an audience as well. It isn’t until the final paperwork is signed, when Charlie is back in New York with his theatre troupe at a bar, and he steps up to perform “Being Alive” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company.
As you listen to the lyrics and watch Adam Driver emote so vibrantly through his singing, it isn’t until this moment that you realize the character Charlie is only just now digesting all that has happened to him and his family, and the audience feels that discovery in his performance of this song. It’s the most emotionally astute and cathartic moment in any movie this year.