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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.
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…
You have to deal with the repercussions of cheating on Seth Rogen.
An awesome film that I discovered is Take This Waltz, it is refressing to see Seth Rogan play a more emotional serious role, he did it well. I feel everyone can connect with this film and the writers take on relationships. We all want the next best thing instead of settling for something great that we already have.
Fairly involving domestic drama, with some light comedy, very well acted, very human, wears its Canadian-ness on its sleeve somewhat (still not sure if it was set in Montreal or Toronto), but lost me a bit as it went on. By the time it was over I felt like I understood its heroine less than ever. I didn't think even she understood what she wanted by then, just saying "fuck it!" and going for not going for anything, more emotionally stunted than ever. It's like seeing a rom-com in reverse, even working in this guy equivalent of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl sort of, this dreamy (yet kinda chemistry-less) alternative guy who has nothing going on in his existence other…
Η Michelle Williams είναι αφοπλιστική στο ρόλο της παντρεμένης με τον σεφ ειδικευμένο στα κοτόπουλα Seth Rogen(αλήθεια) που γνωρίζει τον όμορφο cool γείτονα Luke Kirby και βλέπει εξ αιτίας αυτού σιγά σιγά τον γάμο της να γκρεμίζεται. Και ναι προς το τέλος ακούγεται το Take this Waltz του Leonard Cohen.
I don't give out an abundance of 5-star reviews, and if you'd told me before watching this that I'd be giving it 5 stars I might not have believed you, but ultimately I feel it deserves no less. I was amazed by some of the nuances in the script and performances where so many "between the lines" feelings and thoughts were evoked through so little. I know most movies already do this - or at least strive to - but for some reason I was just struck by how perfectly it worked here. It conjures mixed feelings and loyalties, which is exactly what it's supposed to do, and the directing nicely compliments the script with continuous but unobtrusive use of visual metaphors. Everything about it was highly enjoyable for me.
And best of all, it counts as a Canadian film! :D
Take This Waltz has obnoxious characters and horrible writing, but when viewed as satirical comedy the film manages to be mildly entertaining viewing. I highly doubt it was intended to be viewed as a piss-take, but after 20 minutes of vomiting into my own mouth I decided to make the most of the situation I was in, and made myself laugh hysterically at the dickhead hipsters on my tv (except Seth, he was alright).
I'm honestly gobsmacked at the talent that got horrendously wasted in this production. What were you thinking Polley?! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! I still love you though, just do better next time ok.
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