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…
It's alright. But there's better films of a similar ilk out there..
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sarah Polley is one of my favorite directors because she is able to tell stories with such grace and restraint. This is a complicated little movie and in the hands of a lesser-director and cast, it could easily have been a disaster. This is the story of a woman who leaves her happy marriage to pursue a relationship with a man she thinks can offer her something lacking in her marriage. What follows is an exploration of the following months as the deals with her new relationship and the fallout of leaving her marriage. What I appreciated most about this film was the way it treated every character with respect and refused to make anyone a bad guy. In most…
Margot (Michelle Williams) and Lou (Seth Rogen) are a quirky couple who love each other, but have fallen into dreaded routine. Margot is afraid of risk and unpredictability until she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby) and she finds herself faced with a choice - go with predictable Lou or face her fears and try something new with Daniel. It's a great film that explores the different things people seek from relationships and how our relationships are cyclical, because we can never really escape ourselves. Did Margot make the "right" choice? Should we try to fill those "gaps" in life that Sarah Silverman mentions near the end of the film or do we simply roll with them? Overall an interesting look at…
Oh Michelle Williams, do you ever do bad films? Very touching and reflective romance with a dash of indie charm. Good soundtrack with some beautiful scenes (Video Killed the Radio Star comes to mind on the carnival ride, and also Leonard Cohen's Take This Waltz, which was the best part of the film in my opinion) and I will remember this one more so than most movies of this genre. Just stood out to me.
hangulatában valahol félúton jár a stúdió- és az indie filmek között. kicsit művészieskedő és kifejezetten szórakoztató - volt, hogy rendesen hahotáztam. szépen volt fényképezve, sarah polley pedig ügyesen rendez. énszerintem jó volt, nekem tetszett.
Naked woman 1: 'I like new things. They're shiny'
Naked woman 2: 'New things get old.'
Naked woman 3: 'Just like the old things did.'
This scene of casual conversation in a communal shower thoroughly sums up "Take this waltz" thematically as a story about pursuit of happiness and one of the great fallacies of youth that makes us believe that relationships are supposed to be exciting.
Well, they're not. The romance wears off and life takes over. Life filled with mundane and boring days, where togetherness means mostly inhabiting the same house. And maybe it is worthwhile to tell stories like that, just so that we don't drown in the onslaught of unrealistically happy love stories served by mainstream…
Twilight meets Blue Valentine.
A romantic comedy/drama I managed to sit all the way through - not bad.
This film does things to you if you let it.
A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. The notes show the director's country, name and…
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women