Blue Valentine (2010)
Dean and Cindy live a quiet life in a modest neighborhood. They appear to have the world at their feet at the outset of the relationship. However, his lack of ambition and her retreat into self-absorption cause potentially irreversible cracks in their marriage.
Every movie is immediately made better by slapping Ryan Gosling in it. However, Blue Valentine was already a work of art with or without him. Blue Valentine is a look at real, contemporary relationships in various stages. This is a movie for everyone. Everyone in their 20s and 30s has had a relationship go through the same trials and tribulations as you'll see in Blue Valentine. It almost makes you want to die single. But then you remember what it was like falling in love all over again.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. What a interesting movie. I'm not much of a crier but damn this movie hit me. It was so hard to look past the sadness to get to the brilliant acting, and the gorgeous cinematography. Simply outstanding movie. Hard to watch but, great.
This film is a hard pill to swallow, it gives us the exact way a relationship can go and it portrays it very well. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams gave the best performances of that year and certainly one of the best I've ever seen. Is this movie a good Valentines day movie to watch with your girlfriend or boyfriend? no, but is it a good, tense drama about how far can a relationship go? yes. This movie goes through the past and present, what this movie handles so well by the perfect direction of Derek Cianfrance is relationships, getting to know our characters, their character development, how Ryan Goslings character goes from nice boy to alcoholic and a scary person to be with, and Michelle Williams suffering from his actions. The script also by Cianfrance is amazing it captures the development, feelings and the struggles of our characters. The movie is shot very well the movie really looks beautiful. Overall it is another masterpiece in Derek Cianfrances belt of success, this not a Valentines Day movie it will make you think two times of your relationship.
The trailer for Blue Valentine makes it look like an indie rom-com, however it is not, far from it actually. Blue Valentine is about the end of a failed marriage involving two people named Dean (Ryan gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams). The film cuts back and forth between two time periods separated five years apart, the beginning of their relationship, and the final 24 hours of their relationship. Dean is a good man, a little childish, but only wants to be a good father and a good husband, Cindy on the other hand is selfish and only seems to care about herself and not so much about her family. Blue Valentine is a hard film to explain without spoiling anything, so with that I won't go any further into the plot. There's not really a straightforward plot with this film, Blue Valentine is a film that relies mostly on acting. The performances in this film are very strong and the movie is very emotionally intense, it feels as if you're actually watching an unhappy couple drift away from each other, and this is not a movie to see with your boyfriend or girlfriend unless you want them to dump you. This film originally received an NC-17 rating due to a scene involving cunnilingus, Ryan Gosling later complained about this and accused the MPAA of sexism and misogyny, therefore, the rating was changed to R. Blue Valentine could be seen as a cautionary tale that teaches this lesson, be careful who you fall in love with and make sure that person is worth it, because most marriages these days are just like this movie, they start off happy, but eventually go down a black hole and into the divorce courts. I strongly recommend all young people to go see Blue Valentine because it shows what very well could become of a marriage, and if you do decide to get married, make sure that person is worth it. Blue Valentine is a great film with great acting and two very good, well respected actors, however, this is a film I will never be able to watch again. 9/10.