That third-act moment in Marriage Story when the beleagured Charlie (Adam Driver) stands up and sings Stephen Sondheim‘s “Being Alive” in a piano bar and in so doing draws on the pain and regrets and somber self-reflection that he’s been grappling with throughout the whole film…the second after Driver finishes the tune is where Noah Baumbach’s film should have ended. I had this thought upon during my initial Telluride viewing, and now Anthony Lane has stated the same in his New Yorker review. It would have been perfect since the cathartic summing-up in this Company song offers a symmetrical counterbalance to Marriage Story‘s beginning in which Charlie and Scarlett Johansson‘s Nicole recite lists of things they love about each other.
The HE community has had three days and two nights to consider the merits of Marriage Story, which won’t begin streaming on Netflix until 12.6. So?