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Blue Valentine

A film staring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams

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People Change. Such does love.

  • May 23, 2011
**** out of ****

"Blue Valentine" is a film that speaks to me because it shares my exact philosophies and musings on the mere concepts of love and romance. I felt like I knew these two lovers within myself; which was a good feeling, even through their often times difficult-to-watch hardships. "Blue Valentine" will not be the easiest of films, but it's one of the strongest depictions of on-screen romance I've seen in quite some time. Love it or hate it; "Blue Valentine" does what few films can.

The film was released to praise, and this is what got me interested. I don't know: it looked like a good movie from the trailer, but trailers can lie. In this case, perhaps they do not always lie; but sometimes even inform the viewer of what they're in for. If you've seen the trailer for "Blue Valentine", then you've only seen a small fraction of the actual movie, but granted, you've still got a film to check out, and you know what kind of experience you're in for.

The characters are Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). The film begins with them in an unhappy marriage; and to make matters worse, the family dog has wandered off and is nowhere to be found. They have raised a loving child who they love as equally; but things just aren't working out. We know how this is bound to turn out in the end, but we stick around anyways. The film switches back and forth from the rise of the romance to the fall. This film makes many things evident, such as answering the questions, "Who is the ender and who is the endee?" and "Which one doesn't understand love?"

OK, yes, I'll admit; you do have to do some of your own answering for once. This is not a film that tells; whether that concerns its story or its characters. These people and these situations were merely written and translated into a movie, which frankly, works perfectly for me. I enjoy movies that take you for the proverbial "emotional roller-coaster-ride". Few films can do this, but "Blue Valentine" is admittedly one of them.

I don't know if I want to call it touching. This is not the kind of movie that "Blue Valentine" is. It allows us to feel the emotions of the characters of Dean and Cindy; and with brutal honesty. Somehow, the filmmaking here makes it so we can feel their pain. They are not just well-developed as characters; they are well-conceived as, well, people.

And as for the actors playing them, the casting couldn't be more perfect. Ryan Gosling is a damn fine actor, and this is one performance that really sticks out when it comes to his filmography. I can't really say the man has had "better days", because he's had his good days and his great days, seldom his "bad days". He's just a good actor all-around. Michelle Williams is slightly more noticeable in a relatively stand-out performance, which ranks as one of her best. There's also some pretty good support from the co-stars, which adds something to the movie, even if it's not too much.

At the core, "Blue Valentine" is simply a sad film about a failed romance. It's the kind of romance-film that doesn't get made often, and for good reason (refer to the pathetic MPAA Rating controversy), but that does not mean that we have ran out of daring filmmakers. Personally, I'd have this thing over most modern romantic films any day, mostly because all of them tend to "play it safe", and they never really have the same moral messages that a film like "Blue Valentine" has. I loved this film, it's one of 2010's best, and it's an absolute must-see for anyone who has, well, the same view-points that I do about love. I suppose that not all of you know what my views are, but if you know those of the actual film, then congratulations: you might just know mine too.

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May 24, 2011
"not a film that tells..." that is one great way to put it. Great observations especially with the emotions in the film.
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Blue Valentine
is a 2010 American romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance that premiered in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It is co-written by Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne and stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film was scored by Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear.
The film centers on a married couple, Dean and Cindy, and their relationship over a number of years by shifting between different time periods. Problems with the marriage centre around Cindy's ambition, juxtaposed to Dean's contentment to centre his life around his wife and child.
The script recently won the Chrysler Film Project, a competition that awards cash to an outstanding new feature film director, selected from over 550 submissions from across the country, overseen by Independent Feature Project, and evaluated by a panel of eminent film industry professionals.
The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. It will be distributed by The Weinstein Company, and set for a limited release on December 31, 2010 in USA. The movie will be released earlier in Australia on December 23, 2010.
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Director: Derek Cianfrance
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: Dec. 31, 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Screen Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Think Films
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