love is a SCAM and does NOT EXIST
Take This Waltz
Twenty-eight-year-old Margot is happily married to Lou, a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel, a handsome artist who lives across the street, their mutual attraction is undeniable.
”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…
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…
Michelle Williams does a great job of not only letting you understand her situation, but also showing the tragedy of her situation, but who really steals the show, at moments at least, is Seth Rogen. I understand his character, his love for her while it has faded is still potent and you're rooting for the guy the whole time. I didn't love Luke Kirby's character, but he does do a great job of creating a sex appeal. I really did not like Sarah Silverman at all, I guess she's fine but her side plot feels unnecessary. Overall this is well made movie about a tragic, sure it could've been better, but the two main performances are enough to warrant a watch.
There were times this felt like one of those "Not Another _____" movies about romantic comedies more than a romantic comedy. Most of the time, in fact. Still, every person in the cast is so likable that I couldn't help, well, like them--and by some tenuous connection, this movie.
So, while I may have enjoyed watching this, I completely and utterly object to its existence.
Some films are cornerstones for changes in your own life. I first watched The Devil Wears Prada in my early 20s and empathised with Anne Hathaway's Andi. 5 years later it was Stanley Tucci's Nigel. I felt contempt for Andi's entitlement.
When I saw Take This Waltz on its release, it left me cold. I was impressed at the world it created and the acting, but couldn't relate to the narratives. Now, a few years on, I see director Sarah Polley's intent in showing how affairs are sometimes are corrections for past mistakes - even if two wrongs don't make a right. Lou (Seth Rogen, showing his dramatic depth) loves his wife Margot (a reliably good Michelle Williams). She loves…
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I love when Seth Rogan shows his range. This movie has a very real feel to it. It was very insightful.
Dialogue feels too mannered, but this is a brutally romantic portrait of choosing between passion and self. Polley has vivid sense for visual contrasts in use of color and tonal palette. Williams is expectedly perfect, but also a pretty strong argument for more dramatic roles for Rogen.
you will watch this and get confused about why it's not playing out like you expect the traditional american romance films to go.
then you realise - IT'S CANADIAN
All I've done today is watch films designed to make me sad, and it's worked. Parts of this movie were too close to home not to hurt, but other parts of it were beautiful.
Sarah Polley did a good job conveying the death of a relationship. I was left with the feeling that Margot's own innate unhappiness or restlessness was the real problem, that her "grass is greener" mentality was ultimately flawed, as it always is. Margot and Lou's home felt so claustrophobic, in the heat and clutter and the cooker always on, that I didn't want to be in there either.
Nice moments included a shower scene featuring a group of naked female bodies without sexualising them, and Michelle Williams peeing in a swimming pool. I need to stop watching these type of films now though, because my soul is leaking out of my chest.
I feel like I didn't really like this film? It's the kind of film I probably would like though so am struggling to comprehend why. I found Michelle Williams' character really unlikable. I didn't empathise with her at any level and the depiction of what is undoubtedly a horrible situation felt uninteresting and unauthentic. I felt like many of the scenes were unnecessary .
Lots of beautiful images though, the colours and overall design was lovely. Captured well as well.
The late, great Leonard Cohen (1934-2016). We will not see his like again.
Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
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