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Blue Valentine

by

Jeff Nelson

Blue Valentine is a good film with two actors that equally deserve Academy Award nods.

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We've all seen our share of romance dramas throughout our lives. It depends on if you're a fan of the genre or not. I personally am not a big fan of the genre. Whether or not you're a fan of this style of film, Blue Valentine will stand out from the rest in the genre.

Flooded with romantic memories of their relationship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Throughout the film, the audience is showing the time periods one after another to contrast and compare how much their relationship has changed. People change and that is what this film shows. Don't expect a beautiful love story because this certainly doesn't fit in that category. Blue Valentine shows the big ups and downs in a relationship to marriage. The screenplay is well-written by Derek Cianfrance. There are times that the pacing is a tad slow, but stick with it and you won't regret it.

Even through the slower portions of the film, stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams make you not able to take your eyes off the screen. They both give equally brilliant performances. It's a shame that Goslin wasn't nominated or an Academy Award as was Michelle Williams, as I feel that their performances were rather equal. Their relationship shown in the timeline to the marriage feels authentic. There isn't a moment to doubt either of their performances as they are both fantastic. If you see this film for nothing else, check it out for the captivating performances of Gosling and Williams.

Derek Cianfrance directed and wrote the film. He captured the romance and issues in the marriage in an interesting light. A lot of thought went into the cinematography used for the film. As many know, there was an issue with the MPAA before this film was released. It received an NC-17 rating for Gosling performing oral sex on Williams. Needless to say, the filmmakers stood up and fought for the R rating and won.

Other than the performances, you may be asked what makes Blue Valentine better than most in its genre. Realism. Seeing how much people change, as well as their feelings, in a long-term relationship. This film ends harsh and may even leave some in the audience crying. Blue Valentine is a good film with two actors that equally deserve Academy Award nods.

My Rating = Four Stars

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