May 14, 2012

Take This Waltz - AMC Loews Village 7 (Tribeca Film Festival)

Mike: Another movie I had to see by myself at Tribeca. For this one, I stood in line in a rush line for over an hour. I arrived at the right time, though - I was something like #10 or 12 in line. By the time they started letting people in, there were over 100 people in the rush line. I was one of maybe 20 that they let in. But I'm really glad I went and it was worth the wait. Take This Waltz is among the best films of the year so far.

While the similarities to Michelle Williams' recent Blue Valentine are strong - it's another relationship drama that chronicles how a married couple's relationship falls apart - Take This Waltz seemed a bit more down to earth to me. Blue Valentine was so focused on performance, and in Take This Waltz I felt like I was getting a more valuable insight into the crumbling of a marriage. They're both very similar in that they're kind of hopeless, offering little faith in long-term relationships. So yes, Take This Waltz is pretty bleak. But there are a lot of laughs, and you might say that Take This Waltz is like Blue Valentine with a sense of humor.

If there's any fault, it's that Take This Waltz lacks some subtlety. There's a key scene towards the end in which one character offers Williams some advice which encapsulates her entire experience, almost appearing like the concluding lesson at the end of an After School Special. The words offered to Williams do put her experiences into perspective, but the directness and conclusiveness of it were a bit off-putting to me.

We do get another great performance out of Michelle Williams, who's become one of the most reliable leading ladies in recent years. Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen surprise in their serious roles. Take This Waltz is coming to theaters in the coming months, and I highly recommend checking it out.

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