Blue Valentine (Cianfrance, 2010)

Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, 2010)

The tale of two people falling in and out of love, right? Wrong. This is the tale of two people finding each other at a time when they most needed someone and fooling themselves into thinking it was love. It’s harsh, depressing, and brutally honest, but in all the best kinds of way. Gosling and Williams are both about as perfect as I kept hearing they were. They do a good job of portraying characters who never really change who they are; their perception of each other is what changes.

Her character has a need for a guy that goes against the status quo, who wants nothing more than to have fun, and who will make big risky decisions that benefit her on a whim (because he doesn’t think about the consequences in advance). His character needs to feel important, like he is taking care of someone, in a world where if he was wiped out no one and nothing would notice he was gone. It’s the story of two people who so desperately seek love, they’re willing to take the first thing disguised as love that rears its head. This is the best film of the year so far, but at the same time, I don’t know if I could ever watch it again.  9/10

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