Sunday, January 16, 2011
A child molester and a little boy walk into the forest. It is very dark and as they get further from the road the boy turns to the child molester and says he is scared. The child molester replies "you think you are scare, I am the one that has to leave the forest alone".
That joke didn't make you laugh and if it did, well you should probably get yourself registered as a sex offender. This is just an example of the train wreck that is "Blue Valentine". If you are the type that is driving down the freeway and has to turn and look at the car accident then this movie is for you. By no means go to this movie with someone you love, unless you have strong faith in the vows you made on your wedding day. "For better or worse". This movie is a prime example of how bad things can be. If you have ever been in love and missed the opportunity to be with that person for the rest of your lives, then this movie is for you.
The main characters are Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams who are shown in the story during two time lines in their lives together. One when they first met and fell in love and now today where life has become more difficult and is testing their strength as a couple. The movie is equally emotional as it is physical and powerful. This combination couldn't have been accomplished without the performances from our leads. Only strong actors could deliver in the way they did during the graphic sexual scenarios, brutal fighting, smoking/alcohol abuse, and a near-abortion. Most movies will only approach one of these topics, but "Blue Valentine" delivers on all of them. Doing this without being delicate shows that the directing and writing of Derek Cianfrance has something special.
This movie should receive some award attention for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Overall this is a solid movie and is deserving of 4 Quacks.