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Blue Valentine [Blu-ray]
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You might have heard that "Blue Valentine" is a story about the dissolution of a relationship, about a couple growing apart. I would contend, however, that it is instead a contemporary love story. Set in alternate timelines, "Blue Valentine" charts Gosling and Williams both at the beginning of their courtship as well as when their marriage is nearing an end. Shot in an easy improvised style, the earlier moments have charming tenderness while the later segments have a quiet poignancy and sadness. Instead of opting for big scenes and pinpointing singular causes, "Blue Valentine" simply has our couple drifting down different paths. Neither is the particular cause of the estrangement, but Williams pulls back emotionally as Gosling holds on frantically.Read more ›
Some would say that the film makes a broad statement on how love or marriage can go from sweet to sour. How we sabotage our happiness. How difficult it is to make a happy marriage (or for the true cynics, how IMPOSSIBLE it is).
I took NO global message from the film. It is powerful, but it is very small in scope. This is because the filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has made a deeply SPECIFIC movie. Gosling & Williams give VERY lived-in performances where we very much feel we are looking at a very particular couple going through very particular joys and disappointments. We feel like we're getting a very intimate peek into what makes this particular couple tick. Thus, it becomes nearly impossible to extrapolate the film to the general subject of "marriage." This is not a failing, per se...but I've certainly read comments on the film that imply that very thing. That is absurd, quite frankly. Each marriage has its own rhythms, pulses, occurrences & secrets. The relationship depicted here feels real, because it is so specific. It also feels small.
To me, the main reason to see this film is for the performances. Both stars do their best work here...Read more ›
Husband Dean, (Ryan Gosling) and his wife Cindy, (Michelle Williams) are hopelessly convincing together and have a palpable onscreen chemistry. Their younger years are shown through flashbacks including so many uncomfortable exchanges to learn much information of their psychological past selves. These explain so much of what is happening while the movie plays through to the present time. Starting here in their younger lives, which are so important and relevant to the whole disintegration of the marriage. I seemed to see quite a bit about these two at this point in time.
Dean, who seemed the less complicated person to understand for me, was (and remained) hard working and took whatever menial job that he could get by with. I saw him as a pretty interactive person, social with his co-workers, laughing often and empathetic.Read more ›
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Yes it's depressing...but well worth watching the acting in this...I felt like I was part of their lives...Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
this is the most beautifully told, heartbreaking movie - my absolute favorite film. thank youPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Depressing. I don't have to have a hollywood happy ending on every movie, but this was depressing.Published 12 days ago by Michael Bush
Sorry I rented this movie. Couldn't finish watching it. Wish I could get my money back.Published 20 days ago by Nancy J. Mumm