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…
this movie hurt my feelings
Hermosa historia de amor, inlcuso cuando está el insoportable de Seth.
I am surprised I liked this as much as I did. There were times when I did not think I would like it much at all. While watching, I seemed to go through some of the emotions felt during a long-term relationship. On a micro scale, of course. Captivation, awe, (working to feel) empathy, judging (anyway), disappointment, frustration, worry, self-doubt, conflict, comfort, warmth, assurance, happiness, ...
David Ehrlich once tweeted of this film, "i have a love / hate relationship with TAKE THIS WALTZ. i love it, and it hates me," and that increasingly sums up my feelings about it. The arc of my opinion regarding TAKE THIS WALTZ has taken one of two characteristic paths, going from a movie I loved, to one I respected a lot, to one I can just barely tolerate because there are a few scenes that I still can't bear to part with forever (the other path being approximately the reverse). The ham-handedness of the script here is just really, nearly unforgivably, hard to get past. The dialogue is forever too consciously and obviously trying to operate with Deep Meaning…
Not the easiest of movies to watch but realistic in its portrayal of relationships and marriages
I have to admit that I expected the worst from this film, as I generally don’t go for rom-coms. Thankfully, as has been the case with the three Sarah Polley films that I have watched, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a great summer film: colorful, emotional, and eminently watchable. Polley makes wonderful use of her cast as Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Luke Kirby bring an emotional resonance to each of their performances. Undoubtedly a love letter to her hometown of Toronto, Polly shows her neighbors south of the border how to craft an effective romance.
During a beautiful summer in Toronto, Williams plays Margot, a writer without many professional prospects who is in a happy but romance-starved marriage…
eh the overall story telling was meh
Depressed for at least three decades after that
A list of films directed by women, in alphabetical order by director. To make the list manageable, I'm adding 1…
Films Directed or Co-Directed by Women