When I saw the trailer for Blue Valentine (below), I knew I had to see this movie. I wasn’t disappointed, and you won’t be either. But don’t expect a happy-go-lucky rom-com; this isn’t that. The trailer had me thinking this would be a more upbeat movie, so I was taken aback a little at its downbeat nature. But it has stuck in my head since I saw it a year or so ago. The lasting impact reminds me how good it was. Roger Ebert brilliantly wrote:
Derek Cianfrance, the film’s writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. This film is alive in its details. Toward the end of the six years, when Cindy is hardly able to remember why she wanted to marry Dean, Cianfrance observes the physical and mental exhaustion that has overcome her. And the way that Dean seems hardly to care — just so long as Cindy remains his wife and his watcher, which in his mind was the deal. Dean thinks marriage is the station. Cindy thought it was the train.
Recommended for anyone who wants to see a powerful love story played by the two best actors of their generation in exceptionally intimate roles. 9/10