Blue Valentine (2010)

I’ve never been more annoyed with the two main characters in movie before, but Blue Valentine leaves me with a brilliant story that I loved. Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) are a young, married couple that live the up and down relationship of the modern day with their daughter Frankie. Both come from unbalanced backgrounds, Cindy grew up in a family with no love, and Dean is a high school drop out that never knew his mother. From beginning to end flashbacks are thrown in to show how they met and the reason why they might not be as happy as they used to be.

Blue Valentine has some of the more gut-wrenching moments in a love story I’ve ever seen. Originally rated NC-17, Blue Valentine appealed the rating and ending up getting the R.  That speaks to how genuine the story is. I ended up hating both characters for how stupid they were because they were terrible at talking to each other in key moments, which exemplifies how close to real-life certain situations are. There are two perspectives or sides the viewer can take, the guys or the girls. I have the guy’s perspective of what’s happening but, I’d really be interested in the girl’s perspective to get a better understanding of the emotions Cindy is going through.

Gosling and Williams, as well as the director, did not stick to the script. They had the general outline of where to move the plot, but all of the conversations were improvised. This is another reason why I think the movie felt more alive and with a heartbeat, somehow the viewer could tell they weren’t sticking to a script. In the way they interrupted each other and spoke at the same time brought life to the conversations that could never be duplicated reading the same lines over and over.

Love or hate the people, the story is what really matters.

dunk-o-meter: 8/10

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About dunkoftheday
I love movies, girls and podcasts. Also, basketball. As well as comedy. And tea...

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