August 22, 2019

What Noah Baumbach's 'Marriage Story' Trailers Show You About POV

I'm always excited for new Noah Baumbach movies. But this one seems to thrive on both sides of the story. 

Netflix has been making a grand impression with its original films. They have tackled almost every genre and frequently take interesting risks and team with auteur filmmakers. Their latest trailers for Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story have audiences everywhere buzzing. 

Instead of being a boring story about something falling apart, it looks to have the tenements of all our great love stories and tragedies with a twist. We're going to get voiceover and narration from both points of view of the story. 

This fun and interesting twist on the genre has people gabbing about it being a frontrunner for best screenplay without the movie even coming out yet. While "point of view" is not a new movie strategy, it does feel fresh here. 

Frequently we want to blame someone for something falling apart. This movie seems to propose that it takes two to tango. 

Check out the trailers and let's talk after the jump! 

Marriage Story: What I Love About Nicole 

Here we slip into Adam Driver's character, Charlie, and his point of view. What makes this trailer original is what matched in the next one. It's a thrilling love story filled with moments that look perfect on the outside but expose a deeper problem on the inside. The reveal here clues us into a movie that will be a true two-hander. 

Marriage Story: What I Love About Charlie 

 

Here we slip into Scarlett Johansson's character, Nicole, and her point of view. While this has so many similarities to the last trailer, I think there's more of an audible pain here. It works to tug at the heartstrings and really pull you in. It also can appeal to another demographic. 

The genius behind these trailers 

Not only is this an artistic achievement but it's also a marketing one. Each of these trailers can appeal to men and women putting themselves in the shoes of the character narrating. It also puts forth a ton of goodwill. This is a movie that takes love seriously, that takes internal struggles seriously, and that seems like it refuses to take sides. 

Movies like Blue Valentine and Kramer v. Kramer are achievements in storytelling but they don't always share each character's story fairly. This seems to advertise a walking of the line that lets you clearly see the reality and heartbreak from both person's view. 

POV in screenwriting and directing is so important because you want the audience to understand the theme and message. This movie makes it seem like you'll have to work a bit more to take in the story at hand. And that makes me want to be an engaged viewer. 

Even if I'm home on the couch. 

What do you think? 

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