Blue Valentine Thoughts
Recently, indie movies for me have just been losing their flare, even the ones that were getting a lot of praise, a couple of years ago, I was loving indie films but since last year it’s been very slow for indie films. Like I said the ones that were talked about a lot, for example Kids Are Alright turned out to be mediocre films but there have been quite a few gems. And Blue Valentine was this year’s gem.
Ever since Ryan Gosling did Half Nelson, he’s become the indie man, he’s given some great performances in his indies and continues to prove his dominance as an actor, I never payed much attention to Michelle Williams before but she is quite a fabulous actress too and the chemistry between these two in this film is very authentic. It’s actually an overall authentic film to be honest.
Not only you are bolstered by two great performance from your leads and a fantastic simple score from Grizzly Bear, the amateur yet professional directing adds this documentary feel. The whole time the movie tries to give it’s philosophy on love and relationships but it’s hard to take advice from a movie since Hollywood isn’t the biggest pro right? Well I was quite baffled at the director’s decision to shoot this like a semi guerrilla film but it actually works well. We get to understand these characters better, we feel for them and we understand what they’re trying to say because it seems all so real.
Thus making the movie emotionally gripping and hard to watch at some times but overall it feels somewhat short. I feel the film had a bit too much filler at some parts, there were a tad bit too many sex scenes and I feel we could have gotten a glimpse moreso on strained parts of the relationship but those are minor grips. The film achieved in what it wanted to do and even though it’s not your typical rom-com or fairy tale story, it’s a gritty tale that lets us elaborate how we are in relationships and how we deal with love. And I feel couples can generally benefit from this movie so they can elaborate their relationship with one another even if they believe it’s not flawed because unfortunately in our society today, these problems do happen but it is what it is.
It might not be a movie that you may enjoy or well I should say, a movie that’s supposed to be fun, it’s a very realistic film that reminds me of Neo-realist days that provokes questions. It’s one of the few films this year that didn’t bother to be complex but still really gets to you and evokes thoughts. The film is just a story at the end of the day, it’s the actions and dialogue that made the film what it was. That was the true beauty of it and how it manages to stick with you. For me, I liked what it was, it wasn’t a Revolutionary Road (another good film I might add about similar issues) copycat and it some parts I like Rev Road better but depth wise this is really fantastic. One of the year’s best 8/10.
Would I Recommend This Film?
Indeed I would. This is one of the better films I’ve seen in the year 2010 and it will be certainly a film to lookout for if you’re looking for a good drama. It’s not glamorous, it’s not a fantasy, and it’s not a popcorn flick, but it’s a thought inducing movie about love and relationships and if those topics interest you, I say definitely check it out and not only that it’s being considered for Oscars and if you’re a fan of Ryan Gosling or Michelle Williams, that’s another reason to check it out since they give some of their best performances here. 8/10