Nobody Baby But You And Me
The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
I'm not normally a fan of films that make it big at Sundance, partly because it seems every film that is shown at Sundance gets undeserved hyperbolic buzz and partly because many of those films are of the irksome quirky comedy variety. Thankfully, Blue Valentine is far from a quirky comedy and it is the first Sundance film in a long time that I genuinely liked.
A lot of the publicity surrounding the film focused on the rawness of the subject matter, the two performances from Gosling and Williams and the narrative structure that flits back and forward in time. For once the structure is not just a novelty (well it sort of but it does genuinely add something to…
I'm currently writing this on my couch in the fetal position.
I think it's suffice to say, my day has been ruined.
Explicit show of the basic reality in love and marriages. There is nothing wrong with both the people involved. Both are good. Women want men to try and achieve something in their life after marriage. Men get content with what they have got. Materialistic achievements don't mean a shit when you have already married the most beautiful girl in the world to you and have a daughter that looks like an angel.
The ending would re-install hope if taken in a positive way. It will weigh your heart and sink it if you think it's all over.
Blue Valentine is a film with two outstanding performances, ultimately failing to deliver its emotional punch to me because of its forced disjointed narrative.
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are absolutely amazing here. They give their characters much needed realism, so that we can connect to them, a connection established from the get go by being allowed a glimpse in their family life. It does not take long, however, to figure out that not all is well.
Throughout the film we delve into their relationship deeper, guided by a narrative that skips back and forth through time. It is done in such a way that it never becomes muddled and for the better part of the film it adds an…
What a beautiful story.
I adore Michelle Williams, she has such a realistic sense of being, she doesn't even have to try and get the audiences attention, she just is herself and she is easily lovable. Ryan Gosling is always such a beautiful watch, he carries himself so strongly and he really puts himself out there for the audience, to make you feel.
This story shows how a relationship, is absolutely care-free in the beginning, how everything is just...so easy, loving someone, getting to know someone, having fun with someone, is just so easy. But then you get older and you get married and everything starts to get complicated and things can just easily fall apart. People fall out of…
What a fucking exceptional film. Cianfrance's ability to capture unfiltered realism and raw human emotion is staggering. Gosling is king.
A man is stuck in the opening stages of falling in love, never growing up or maturing into an adult sense of romance. A woman is left desiring more from her partner, lamenting his contentedness and satisfaction with his situation. These two lovers fall head over heels in infinite bliss on their early dates, but become embroiled in bitter conflict in their later years. This sets the stage for Blue Valentine. Powerful performances and excellent cinematography combine with a (mostly) unique dual-timeline narrative that helps put into context the rise and fall of the couple's relationship. Honestly, my main caveat with the film is that the narrative feels as if it has ample opportunities to provide gratuitous amounts of character…
So fucking heartbreaking it's ridiculous.
A tragically beautiful story.
I was scared away from this movie for a long time because of its reputation as a devastatingly depressing and bleak portrait of a crumbling relationship. What I found when I finally watched it was a fairly solid portrayal of love and struggles of a strained marriage. I was surprised that it wasn't difficult to sit through like I feared. It's not exactly pleasant, but it was showing a deteriorating relationship, so of course it wasn't.
A story for the wounded
Blue Valentine is one of the most depressing and well done films I've ever seen.
It is one that I will recommend that everyone see. Not because I want them to be sad or because I think they could learn anything new but because I think everyone should want to see the best of everything and this film is the best of it's genre that I have ever seen. The acting is perfect. The metaphors are delicious and the hidden signs are just waiting to be uncovered.
Another great thing about this movie is that it is interesting to get different perspectives from your friends as to what they think happened in the movie and…
I was a bit worried to watch this movie after hating Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, but this was a much better film. The relationship depicted was realistic, which elevated the romance of the early years and made the breakdown of their marriage even more painful to watch. I thought Michelle Williams gave an incredible performance, but although I love Ryan Gosling, I wasn't as sold on his character. I'm not sure if that's attributable to his acting or to a problem with a lack of clear character development in the script. I just never understood the reason for his downward spiral, which I felt was a real weakness of the film. Overall it was a very affecting, exhausting experience.
Worst. Date movie. Ever.
No joke. If you watch this with a date you'll both look at each other afterwards, mutually decide to avoid driving each other to alcohol and boredom fueled suicide years later, and just break up on the spot.
All kidding aside, Blue Valentine is a difficult watch but worth it for the brilliant performances of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. It's so true to life that it hurts. I prescribe a viewing of Amélie immediately following so your faith in romance can be restored before you become a dried husk of a human being.
Slow paced and really sad movie. I mean I was crying already during first ten minutes. But this is one of those movies that are just sad.. and I'm not really sure what it tries to tell of relationships but well.. it got me blue. Something happy next please!