After looking through my Recommendations For A Novice Film Viewer list, I have thought for some time to make a…
Take This Waltz
Michelle Williams plays twenty-eight-year-old Margot, happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable. Warmly human, funny and bittersweet, TAKE THIS WALTZ deftly avoids romantic clichés and paints an unusually true and unsentimental portrait of adult relationships.
”I’m afraid of connections.”
This line of dialogue is spoken by the film’s protagonist, Margot, a pretty tomboyish journalist and the type of person who only ever exists within the world of films. She is in fact talking about the connections made at airports but the line is obviously smothered in laughably unsubtle subtext just in case the audience misses writer-director, Sarah Polley’s intent. Frustratingly it is representative of a film that is so on-the-nose and contrived that it is impossible to invest in this young woman’s dilemma. That dilemma comes in the form of a tentative affair with her neighbour whilst the romance in her marriage has long since subsided into passion-free contentment.
Polley’s debut feature, Away from Her,…
I have now been thinking about this film for a good 24 hours, and I can't decide what to write. I give up. Here's a few random thoughts:
1. Michelle Williams is amazing. Absolutely astonishing. Her character is both attractive and annoying as all get out. I don't know how she manages to give such a layered performance. She's wonderful.
2. The colors and use of light are stunning.
3. Sarah Silverman needs to do more dramatic work. She's terrific here. I tweeted her so, and thus I am sure we'll see some more drama soon. She always does what I tweet her. She trusts my judgment.
4. This movie is painful and beautiful. It's not what you expect from Hollywood -- it's about how things really work out.
5. There are flaws, but the overall emotional force and Williams's performance overshadow them.
See it. It's like, good, and stuff.
If someone were to point out my favorite thing(s) to read, even more than a great novel, it would be essays about something that affected them so deeply that they felt compelled to write about it. It can be short, or it can be 20 pages long. A great author of this approach would be Lester Bangs, who wrote beautifully indulgent music reviews in such an intensely personal way that were so resonant, that for the right reader, you might want to hug the guy for articulating exactly what music can really mean in a way that you’ve been trying to express yourself. I certainly didn’t always agree with Bangs, but I always identified with how insanely wonderful the experience…
Straight up, this movie looks absolutely gorgeous. Some dude named Luc Montpellier is the cinematographer and I think that the Canadian government should pay this guy a salary of fifty thousand dollars a year, for the rest of his life, just because of how gorgeous this movie looks. I guarantee that Toronto has never, and will never, look better in a film. All the colors are rich & vibrant, and the camera movement is out of sight. See this movie just to see how gorgeous it looks. Now, on to the film itself.
I see the film as the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl put into a real world person and how terrible that idea actually is. The character…
Part of A Film A Day
"You think everything can be worked out if you just make the right move? That must be thrilling... Life has a gap in it. It just does. You don't go crazy trying to fill it like some lunatic."
Take This Waltz is a film I wanted to love so much, but I just couldn't bring myself to ignoring all the flaws the film had. Personally, I watched this because of Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, whom I absolutely love; in this film, and out of it. Williams gives a magnificent performance as Margot, an insecure, middle aged woman who's married to Rogen's character, Lou.
Now, I had a teacher once who said that Seth…
Review In A Nutshell:
Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz is a frustrating experience, it provides audiences with a look at the difficulties of marriage, how there will be days where one would lost that sense of spark, and everyday becomes mundane and uneventful; protagonist Margot is finding herself slowly frustrated with her position, craving for something more, which an offer does arise with her across the street neighbour, Daniel.
Polley simply didn’t want the film to be your run of the mill take on marriage, friendships, and temptations; it attempts to become something much more, by attempting to flesh out the protagonist, provide her with complexities that make her feel like a real character, rather than a tool to push…
Smarmy hipsters craft artisanal adultery.
die pause vor dem allesentscheidenden schritt.
wo bin ich?
du beugst dich vor und schließt deine augen.
du zerstörst drei leben auf einmal.
willst du das?
du öffnest deine augen und hoffst, das es nicht passiert.
hoffst, dass die person einfach weg ist.
aber so einfach ist es nicht.
personen oder probleme lösen sich nicht von selbst in luft auf.
du öffnest deine augen.
du löst dich auf.
drei menschen sterben.
du schließt deine augen.
und alles fängt wieder von vorne an.
of old-fashioned carrousels and neverending stories.
so: there was so much about this i disliked and yet...i liked it? it's full of things i hate in films (people with obscure artsy jobs and homes that do not correspond to their theoretical income! annoying acoustic soundtracks! on-the-nose lines about feelings! and more!) but something about it i found really interesting and sad and kind of funny and it sort of won me over despite its flaws. plus it was cool to see a movie about something like this from a woman's pov/with a female creative force behind it. also michelle williams ❤️
El amor visto desde una perspectiva muy real, sin adornos ni exageraciones, "Take this Waltz" habla sobre las relaciones, sobre como la rutina y el compartir la intimidad pueden apagar el fuego de cualquier relación. No fue necesario crear graves conflictos para justificar la trama, y eso la hace más genuina y realista, hablando de aquellos vinculos donde el silencio dice más que mil palabras, donde un mal gesto puede ser suficiente para generar una ruptura que esta latente, donde salir de la zona de confort y tomar decisiones puede ser muy díficil. Me llama la atención ver nuevamente a Michelle Williams interpretar un rol de estas caracteristicas (como en Blue Valentine del 2010), pero considero que mejor elección no…
After the opening scenes I was ready to hate this. But despite a decidedly bumpy road from that point on, it was inevitable that Polley would manage to inject some compelling universal questions into the fold. Often teeters on the brink of Eat, Pray, Love territory, but Polley at the reins keeps things respectable, and some scenes really connect. Michelle Williams manages to wrangle something great out of what could easily have been a painfully cookie-cutter character (which it often threatens to do), and Seth Rogen slots in nicely to a tradition of straight, boring bliss husbandry (a role he was always born to excel in).
Ultimately, it's a little too familiar to be in any way memorable, but it…
A well-cast and directed drama that confidently tackles a complex situation.
Take This Waltz was the sort of film I liked when I watched it, but later thinking about it I actually liked it much more, I don't know something stuck with me longer after then the film then I thought it would.
This Canadian financed movie was directed by actress Sarah Polley (who doesn't appear) and is carried by Michelle Williams who delivers a nice performance, she gets talking to Luke Kirby while on a business trip, the two seems to share some chemistry but she reveals she married (to Seth Rogen) and it turns out they live across the street from each other.
It covers the notion of the grass been greener on the other side (or not) better…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A moving film that looks at the dynamics of new and long-term relationships and examines a situation where commitment is both a virtue and a self-sacrifice. Didn't get the significance of the sudden threesome. Loved the beautiful, intense colours.
La amé y la odié. Es tan perfecta al dar el mensaje de que el amor como llega termina que su honestidad duele. Además la canción de Leonard Cohen es hermosa. Seth Rogen llorando a mitad de la película me mató
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