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Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine
Thursday January 13th, 2011

The last film I saw was "Blue Valentine" with Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. This film was originally NC-17 but they appealed to the MPAA and got an R rating instead. The R rating was right because this film isn't at all about voyeuristic, gratuitous sex. Gosling and Williams turn in fine performances as two ordinary people whose lives intersect for a few years. The film keeps transitioning from past to present so that we watch the 2 threads of their relationship unfolding concurrently.

Early on Williams tells us that maybe people just weren't intended to be together forever. When she first bumps into Gosling, a likeable but aimless guy, she doesn't know what to make of him. She has reservations about him. He is simply not going to grow old, he tells her. There is no future for him just the present and what's so wrong with that?

When the film shifts to the present we see them trying to cope with the decisions they've made. Her unhappiness isn't his fault he tells her. He never wanted commitments in the first place. She doesn't want to end up like her parents suffering in a relationship which has long since run its course. Can their relationship be saved? Should it be?

They're talking up Gosling and Williams for Oscar nominations. They're both credited as Executive Producers on the film as well.