Film Reviews: “Blue Valentine” (2010)

blue valentine

Starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling.

Wow. Ahem. Okay onto the review….

Cindy and Dean are married, but they don’t act very happy. Something is wrong. Do they still love each other? Did they ever?
“Blue Valentine” takes a heartbreaking look, interweaving the present with pivotal memories of their past 7 years together.

Dean states to a co-worker: “I feel like men are more romantic than women. When we get married, we marry like one girl cause we’re resistant the whole way, until we meet one girl and we think -i’d be an idiot if I didn’t marry this girl. She is so great. But it seems like girls get to a place where they just kind of pick the best option or something. I know girls that get married and their like -oh he’s got a good job. I mean they spend their whole life looking for prince charming and then they marry the guy who’s got a good job and who’s gonna stick around.”

I loved this movie!!! Sitting here and typing this, I am still affected and moved. If you enjoyed “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, then this one is for you! Very similar in tone, sadness and sincerity. It’s a gorgeous picture to look at and I love how important music was in guiding the story. Moments of happiness and sadness seamlessly flow just as our own minds do.

Ryan Gosling’s performance really stands out here. Once a cheerful, young, hip musician, now a relaxed, washed out, pathetic alcoholic. If you told me that the two Deans were played by two different actors, I would have believed it. Fantastic performance!

The soundtrack is wonderful, mainly composed by the band Grizzly Bear and their guitarists’ side project Department of Eagles. Awesome!

“Blue Valentine” is fantastic. Really one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

4.0 out of 4.0 stars.

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