Blue Valentine (2010)

Here’s a cheerful Valentine’s Day movie for you.  A romantic drama that will cut you to the bone, and make you realise that sadly, sometimes love just isn’t enough.  At least that’s what I took away from it.  Or that no matter how good-looking he is nowadays, when Ryan Gosling begins to suffer from male pattern baldness, women will be annoyed by him instead of charmed.  So either love or older Ryan Gosling isn’t enough.

In all seriousness, this is a movie about a beautiful romance, and how when we grow up into The Real World, all that devotion, passion, it can sometimes be cast aside for … well, there’s many reasons, really.  I don’t think it was just that Dean (Gosling) wasn’t living up to his supposed potential, and Dean was completely okay with that.  All he wanted was to be a good husband to Cindy (Michelle Williams) and good father to Frankie (Faith Wladyka), that meant the world to him.  It wasn’t enough for Cindy, though, and I don’t want this to be misinterpreted as me saying Cindy was the bad guy here.

It’s a gorgeously shot movie, with an amazing score/soundtrack by Grizzly Bear, with genuine emotion running throughout.  Director and writer Derek Cianfrance wrote much of the story based upon real life experiences over the course of many years, and you can tell it’s a labour of love.  A lot of people will be bored by it, but whatever.  Gosling shows his ass in the movie, there, that’ll bring ’em in.

I’ve come to terms with the fact that my hopeless romanticism is a lot along the lines of Dean’s, and the hopeless is very much emphasized.

4.5 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

One Response to Blue Valentine (2010)

  1. ShortNRed says:

    Ola! Movieadayeveryday,
    Neat Post, I am looking for the song in the Blue Valentine trailer. This is NOT the song that is sung by Ryan Gosling, it was is a second trailer that doesn’t include that part of the movie. I can’t find the trailer anywhere on the internet but it if often playing on TV; it is a trailer that includes all of the critical acclaim for the movie.


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