Title: Blue Valentine
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Music: Grizzly Bear
Cinematography: Andrij Parekh
This melancholic drama starts from a similar premise of a missing dog, unlike in WENDY AND LUCY (2008), instead of looking for her dog, Michelle Williams is unenthusiastically to make her last effort to rescue her almost-collapsing marriage with Ryan Gosling, this time, what is missing here is her flickering affection to him, which once literally existed.
Close-up shots, the ochre-cum-mustard-cum-indigo palette, rookie director Derek Cianfrance upgrades his documentary backdrops and confidently spreads into relationship-kills-the-energy realm with an incisive assessment, the aspiration to stick/split polarity between the weary couple palpably causes anguish not only to the characters but also to the audience. The incessant before/after marriage texture turns out well operated, yet all the inconsequential conversations saps all my initial exuberant verve. In this case, I would rather prefer (500) DAYS OF SUMMER (2009) with my clarification that I am not trying to eschew from the innateness of life, but simply the latter suits me better both spiritually and mentally.
The two-hander performance is unquestionably Oscar-worthy, especially Michelle, her intrepid interpretation of a mundane girl who is desperately to escape the marriage plight which is strangling her entire life. With regard to Ryan, selfishly I think he is some sort of too smug and appealing for his role as an “underestimated” mover. Both actors’ transitions from lovers to couple were honed to near-perfection, their roles are trite but more visceral and earthly in an audience’s eyes.
The film is distressful for any lovebirds who are still in the head-over-feet status and once again evinces the complexities of human being’s deep consciousness, we never know the exact moment when we lost or will lose that feeling, which makes me most dispirited, as anyhow I still bear a scientific heart inside.