Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Movie Review: Blue Valentine

Movie Review: Blue Valentine
Rating: R
Run Time: 112 mins
What it is about:
This movie follows a couple Dean Pereira (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) from the time they meet until approximately 7 or so years later. It first starts before the two meet, to their meeting and hooking up. It shows how the couple once so in love to how now their marriage is falling apart and how each of them deals with their crumbling marriage.
What I thought:
I really liked this film. I had no idea what it was about going into the film, just that I like both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and that it looked a bit chick flicky. So my friends and I were excited to give this movie a shot. We were all surprised to find out that it wasn’t so much a chick flick but a fairly realistic look into a young couple who probably shouldn’t have married but with circumstances what they were, did so any way. This film turning out to not be a chick flick in no way diminished the enjoyment of the film but we did have to be flexible in our expectations of moving from lighthearted to the more solemn. This film was so well done and seamlessly moved between the two time periods, jumping from the young couple to several years later, it would flash backwards but you could always tell which time period you were in. The dynamic of the couple was frightenly realistic, in how a couple once so in love could just fall apart as time passed and as the people in the relationship change and grow or don’t grow and how they can grow apart.  Dean as a character is a hopeless romantic and wants to cling to the past, where as Cindy has grown and changed and Dean never grew with her. You can see how things fell apart and where as your heart breaks for the couple you think that it’s all for the best. Gossling and Williams portrayal is spot on; they both did an absolutely wonderful job in this film! I definitely have no complaints about either one of their acting chops!
Rent on a night when you are in the mood for something a little more heavy.