Blue Valentine (2010)

Filed under : review, romantic

When I first saw the trailer to this movie, I instantly thought of this one. Maybe it had something to do with the music, it looked familiar. Though, I was wrong – it was not the type of movie I had expected.

Let me just say, this is more of a dark movie than anything else. The film starts off with the present day going back forth between present and past to tell the story. And, that is the story of the two main characters, Dean (played by Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (played by Michelle Williams).

From the very beginning, there seems to be a bit of tension between Dean and Cindy. And, as the film progresses – it gets more intense.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about).

The majority of the film is focused around the progression of Dean and Cindy’s relationship in the present as well as in the past. And, the film goes back and forth between the present and past for the majority of the movie.

At it’s heart, this film is really about the choices we make in life and how they affect us in the future. Sometimes we make choices that we may not always understand. Though, these choices have consequences. And, as a result – can affect us even as an adult.

To me, it seemed that both Dean and Cindy had been living in a fantasy world where they thought they knew each other – they thought they knew what they were doing. Though, in reality – they really didn’t know each other as much as they had thought. And, this had dire consequences.

Some have labeled this movie as a love story. Though, I’m not quite sure if I would call it that. It seemed to be more of a story about the idea of love.

But, in a way – I wasn’t quite convinced that both characters were truly in love with each other but more in love with the idea of falling in love. Two different things.

As for the movie itself, there were a couple of scenes that I just didn’t understand – they just didn’t quite fit with the story. And, there were a few points in the film – where I was left a bit confused. Even the ending of the movie, left a few questions unanswered and open ended.

Overall, I would say – this is not a movie for everyone. I can see where maybe some can relate to the story and the characters. But, for me – it just didn’t capture my attention.

At times, I was a bit lost and confused during some parts of the film which didn’t seem to quite fit. And, the ending – just didn’t leave me satisfied.

Quite honestly, this movie really didn’t do much for me. I’d say it’s best to pass on this one.

Film Gurl’s 15 Minute Rule: FAIL

(Note: For those who are fans of the film, this is just my opinion – it just didn’t do it for me. Thanks for reading!)

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6 Responses to “Blue Valentine (2010)”

  1. rtm says:

    I didn’t think this movie is my cup of tea either… so interesting that you’re not liking this one when everyone I know seems to be praising this left and right. I don’t know if I’ll ever see this movie, there are so many films I want to see that are more uplifting.
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    • filmgurl says:

      It’s interesting to hear, there were so many who enjoyed the movie. Going into it, I thought I’d give it a try. Though, I felt that it just didn’t come together as well as I had heard. It’s a bit odd and kind of disappointing when I hear such rave reviews about a film but it turns out to be the opposite. Thanks for your input! :)

  2. Castor says:

    I thought this was a gut-wrenching movie. I can see why it’s not for everyone but sorry to hear you didn’t “like” this.
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    • filmgurl says:

      I guess it just didn’t do it for me even though I heard so many good reviews about it. Thanks for stopping by, Castor! :)

  3. Anna says:

    I had the opposite reaction to this, loved how it was in a way slow and felt real. Loved the connection between Gosling and Williams, both are my favourite young actors. Loved the slowpace, and the one-day-effect.
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    • filmgurl says:

      Interesting to hear, I’m always curious to see what others think. I guess it’s one of those films that some can relate to and see the connection. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for your input! :)

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