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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So something about this film bugged the shit out of me but I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm going to describe what happened and maybe the Letterboxd community can help me figure it out.
1. Margot (Michelle Williams) is a writer, she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) at a writing assignment, then again on the flight home to Toronto. They seem to make a connection. After arriving back in Toronto they take a cab together and realize Daniel lives right across the street from Margot.
2. We learn that Margot is happily married to Lou, (Seth Rogen) but she obviously has a fascination with Daniel and he obviously likes her so they begin to run into each other…
Süßer Film, der davon erzählt, was passieren kann, wenn die Liebe alt wird. Allerdings ist total unrealistisch, dass der Film in Kanada spielt und trotzdem alle ständig kurze Hosen tragen und die Sonne scheint.
Wanted to like this one more......just never caught its' momentum. Sadness followed by emptiness with no redemption in between
I personally prefer to Tango.
It's charming in its own special way.
P.S. both couples had a rather weird habit T_T
1.it's i don't even know
2.couldnt take seth seriously
Yeah, even with nice music, good photography and cool takes, grown up relantionships are pretty boring.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Very well and warmly shot and greatly scored. The story manages to break most of the Hollywood romance conventions even if it can get rid of all the cutesy/quirky character traits that plague the genre
Actually, I guess this movie is more a thing for women. Maybe I just was in the right mood for it.
Anyway, I really liked it!
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