my rating is more of a 4.5.
Thank you for reading in advance
Blue Valentine is a 2010 American romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and Joey Curtis wrote the film, and Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling played the lead roles as well as serving as co-executive producers for the film. The band Grizzly Bear scored the film. The film depicts a married couple, Dean Pereira (Gosling) and Cynthia "Cindy" Heller (Williams), shifting back and forth in time between their courtship and the dissolution of their marriage several years later.
For a while now I've been trying to put my finger on the reason why I like Ryan Gosling as an actor as much as I do. After watching this film a light bulb went off in my head; specifically, the scene in which he plays the ukulele and sings is a wonderful representation of the dedication he has to his craft. This isn't the first time Gosling has shown us that he's perfectly capable of learning a new skill - he plays the piano himself in ‘La La Land’ - and more than that he has a way of making himself look like a natural. His young and sometimes audacious spirit constantly puts him in a position to challenge himself and rise to the occasion, and what's not there to admire about that? Gosling is simply a talented spectacle of a man, and I mean that in the most endearing way ever.
The tone and the emotions present in this film make it easier for your average audience member to relate to these characters. Just about anybody knows what it is like fall in love with someone when it is least expected. In addition to that, the slow burn that sometimes accompanies and follows is a phenomenon that is explored in a way that feels authentically vulnerable. The director is sure to avoid feeding its audience small and shallow pieces of optimism along the way. No matter your background or previous experiences, there is at least one moment you will feel connected to on some level. It goes without saying that ending with a conclusion that isn't happy may turn some people off, But I see it as a brilliant opportunity to breathe life into a plot that unfortunately mirrors reality.
My one complaint, perhaps, would be that the segue of emotions between the main characters is not always seamless. it is easy to understand how Dean and Cindy fall in love. Is it easy to understand how some moments may initiate conflict between the main characters. The confusion is in not having a more insightful understanding about the changes in emotion they have overtime. It almost seems as if there was a rush to get from point A to point C, and in this leaves point B being almost detrimentally neglected. The trivia of this film states that this was at first intended to be a love story, and that the director eventually chose to make this a representation of the dissipation of these relationships. I respect the director's decision to go this direction, but that is just something to keep in mind when watching this film.
In regards to cinematography all I can do is echo comments that have been made for me. The combination of shot quality and editing make this feel like a documentary of sorts; the audience truly feels like a mutual Observer and is invited to project their own feelings onto scenes as often as they would like.
An astounding balance of authenticity and fantasy: I would recommend!