Blue Valentine: movie review
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, 'Blue Valentine' plots the fault lines of a young couple's relationship as it slowly falls apart.
Watching two of our best young actors go at it for almost two hours ought to be more rewarding than â€śBlue Valentine,â€ť starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as Dean and Cindy, a couple falling out and in and in and out of love.
Director and coscreenwriter Derek Cianfrance traces the rocky terrain of their relationship from coy courtship to marriage, a daughter, and nothingness. Dean is a charming working-class lout while Cindy, a college grad, works in a doctorâ€™s office and pines for a better life.
The filmâ€™s time structure is splintered into shards of past and present, which is probably just as well â€“ a strictly narrative chronology would make this wallow seem even sloggier. Grade: C (Rated R for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating.)