Take This Waltz: movie review
Director Sarah Polley has a sometimes graceful understanding of emotional temperate zones, but the set-up of 'Take' is contrived.
In Sarah Polleyâ€™s â€śTake This Waltz,â€ť Michelle Williams plays Margot, a not-quite-happily married wife who strays. Her husband, Lou (Seth Rogen, in a good, uncharacteristically tamped-down performance), writes cookbooks. Her lover, Daniel (Luke Kirby), is an aspiring artist who pulls a rickshaw. Itâ€™s as contrived as it sounds.
Margot spends a lot of time in the sweltering Toronto summertime looking wan and winsome. The very odd Daniel looks heâ€™s pulled one too many rickshaws. Louâ€™s upcoming book, though â€“ itâ€™s titled â€śTastes Like Chickenâ€ť â€“ sounds like a winner.
Polley has a sometimes graceful understanding of emotional temperate zones and Williams, when she isnâ€™t being zombielike, is touching. But Margot comes across as such an elusive and unsympathetic twit that you wonder why we should care about her. Grade: C+ (Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity.)