Blue Valentine Movie Review

Warning: this isn’t an easy movie to watch. But I think Blue Valentine is one of the best movies of the year, and will definitely generate Oscar buzz.

This is one of those movies that you’ll either love or hate. Personally, I loved it. I love gritty movies that shake you to the core. I found the story very real, although it’s understandable if you see it as depressing and walk out of the cinema needing a stiff drink.

It’s a story of a relationship and marriage, the young couple Cindy and Dean played by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, told in flashbacks and flashforwards: from the early days to the end and everything in between. You recognise those beautiful first days when you meet someone, when everything about them makes you smile. And your heart breaks when you’re faced with the demise of their short marriage, as all those familiar qualities about broken relationships surface: boredom, loss of respect, contempt.

To say Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are brilliant is an understatement. I’d be surprised if they didn’t take home Best Actress/Actor at next year’s Academy Awards. Michelle especially stands out as ‘the one to watch’ – following Brokeback Mountain and now Blue Valentine I think she is now on the best actresses of her generation. They both give their all and that’s no mean thing: when I say gritty they get drunk, naked, beaten up, and they don’t hold back.

If you’re a fan of serious cinema, I really urge you to see Blue Valentine. It stays with you and leaves you grateful that there are people out there making movies beyond just remakes and cartoons brought to the big screen.

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