Movie Review: “Blue Valentine”

“Blue Valentine” is a fantastic movie!

Usually previews give away too much.  The funniest lines are often ruined, and you know what is going to transpire before you ever buy your ticket.  The previews for “Blue Valentine” gave away nothing.  In fact, I resisted seeing this film because I wasn’t at all drawn in by them.  My boyfriend and my daughter both wanted to see it when it was playing in theatres, but I had no desire to.

Yesterday I rented it “On Demand” and I loved every minute of it.

Michelle Williams (Cindy) and Ryan Gosling (Dean) both give flawless performances as a couple whose relationship blossoms and then begins to unravel.  She is raw and imperfect and the filming does a beautiful job of capturing a real life young woman with all of her unfettered emotions escaping from every inch of her body.  Ryan Gosling is captivating as a young man whose only goals in life are to love his wife and their little girl.  While Cindy aspires to gain knowledge, education and success, Dean is complacent to paint houses and come home to be a husband and father.

The movie is beautifully filmed, with lots of close-ups and interesting angles.  The music is perfectly chosen, and the sound effects riveting… in particular a scene where Cindy is trying to call Dean to warn him of trouble: the phone rings loudly, unanswered, in the background as we watch him being pummeled by an ex-lover of hers.

The movie goes back in forth in time, which can be a little confusing at first, but is actually carried out quite splendidly.

Ryan Gosling is a gorgeous man.  He is not traditionally handsome, but you will fall in love with him during this movie.  He has a beautiful body, a soulful face, a captivating voice.  I have never been a huge fan of his before though I always respected his talents as an actor, but I am completely sold on him after this performance.

See “Blue Valentine”.  It is a complete surprise, pure delight.  Don’t expect a light comedy or love story though.  This is a difficult, sometimes wrenching, film.

Two big thumbs up.

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About mallorylayne

midlife mom seeking meaning for the rest of her life.
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