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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.
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…
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…
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
An indie charmer with an atypically realistic conclusion.
This movie made me fall in love with Michelle Williams all over again. She plays these discontented-partner roles to a pitch-perfect note. (Blue Valentine is another film I really enjoyed squirming my way through.) The only thing that made me take away a 1/2 star was that the story felt a bit lacking. I thought it a bit odd that Lou would just tell her to go instead of trying to convince her that this might be a momentary infatuation. We can only surmise how Margot & Daniel will end up although the narration hints at more of the same dissatisfaction and infidelity not too long thereafter. As for me and my perverse fascination with dysfunctional relationships, as long as she is playing the unhappy half of a couple, I will continue to seek these films out.
Often described as an unconventional love story, but when this married woman meets a neighbor who is way hotter than her husband, the film proceeds to hit just about every cliche imaginable, never introducing a single unpredictable element until about twenty minutes before the ending (and even so, it wasn't enough to provide the levels of freshness and nuance that were promised in some reviews, the unconventionality itself coming off as cliche). On the upside, Michelle Williams is undeniably cute and acts her part beautifully, giving the character a vulnerable and irresistible charm at first, then rather effectively becoming less sympathetic as the film proceeds. Also, the cinematography is warm and radiant, creating the kind of atmosphere you just want to get swallowed up in.
Okay, well there's certain things about this film that really irritated me.
The characters are unbelievable & unrealistic. They're the stereotypical sort of people you'd expect from a movie like this, and yet they're the sort of people that you just never seem to find in the real world. Sarah Polley has tried to write about 'real life' and 'real people' and yet somehow completely missed the mark.
Everyone apart from Michelle Williams takes a disappointing back-seat and isn't given any sort of substance. Seth Rogen really deserved more material because I really felt he would have shined if given a chance. That said, Williams is spectacular in this, as always.
The final third of the film really feels sluggish, as…
Absolutely loved this. Michelle Williams is amazing and the lighting and cinematography are beyond beautiful.
It's odd, crazy, fun, real, weird, sad I just simply loved this.
Though starting with a promising concept, and featuring really good performances from the three leads (is Michelle Williams ever not good?), this was let down by its aimless, meandering, repetitive plot. There's only enough story here for one third of a movie, so Polley repeats similar beats over and over, and occasionally shoves a hyper-stylised sequence into her 90% ultra-naturalistic movie, a tic which I thought hurt the overall mood.
He's cute but then the movie kind of loses direction.
Imagine how unrelentingly awful a film with both Seth Rogan and Sarah Silverman in it could be.
Now forget that, and forget that it's from Hollywood - a place where emotional depth is alluded to with the subtlety of robots hitting each other.
Now imagine that Hollywood were to do a modern-day remake of Jules et Jim *and didn't completely fuck it up*.
Ok, so it's not *that* good. Swimmingpools as metaphors for sexual chemistry - stop it, please. Cooking the same dish over and over again to demonstrate a relationship losing it's passions? B o r i n g.
But the worst thing about it, and I am going out a little away from the herd here, is the…
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