Blue Valentine is a
lifelike drama by first-time director Derek Cianfrance who explores the
touchy subject of what happens when relationships fall apart. Under the
direction of Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play the
couple in question who have fallen madly in love with each other but as
time progresses, this love seems to have dissipated. They also have a
young daughter called Frankie (Faith Wladyka) who is now caught up in
their loveless marriage. This is the story of Blue Valentine and the
effort that some couples do to keep their love alive.
Through some careful flashbacks, we learn that Dean (Gosling) and Cindy
(Williams) were once deeply in love and through these scenes we discover
how they met, courted and married before their perfect romance is
shattered. Very early on in the movie, we know that something is not
right between the couple and this is fuelled by the death of their pet
dog after Cindy accidentally left the gate open. Although their
relationship has been quite rough over the last 12-months, this was the
Their solution is to spend one night alone together to see if they can
rekindle the romance but as we watch the flashbacks, Cindy seems to have
never had her heart in the relationship, unlike Dean who was the
conserved romantic. Does there solution work? Unfortunately you will
just to have to watch but Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams should be
commended for their convincing performances, especially when the
arguments commence. It is both unnerving and uncanny to watch but is
easily one of the best dramas that I have seen in a long time.
Outstanding to say the least.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The video quality of Blue Valentine is beautifully presented with
exceptional attention to detail that sometimes jumps out at you,
especially through the use of close-ups. Everything is so sharp and
clear. Colours are vibrant, blacks and deep which adds to the quality of
this presentation. There is some grain in the movie, especially from the
flashbacks which really assists in enhancing the flawed and passionate
relationship between Dean and Cindy. Audio supports Dolby Digital 5.1 and
contains a good mix of audio and music without any of the levels being
too overbearing. Dialogue is crisp and clear, without any hiss and there
is plenty of ambient sound to add to the realism of the movie.
When it comes to special features, Blue Valentine contains a wealth of
information from audio commentary, the Making of Blue Valentine, Deleted
Scenes and a Home Video. The audio commentary is quite in-depth and
features the director and co-editor Jim Helton who talk about the
challenges and rewards of filming such apowerful drama about
relationship. It is a little on the heavy side but if you enjoyed the
movie, it is worth sitting through it again.
The Making of Blue Valentine is a short featurette about the making of
the film with key interviews from cast and crew. The deleted scenes are
obviously scenes that have been cut from the movie and really do not
enhance the story that much. The fun feature here is the Home Movies called
"Frankie and the Unicorn" that has Michelle William, Faith Wladyka and
Ryan Gosling having fun on the set which is actually quite refreshing to
watch after such a emotional film.
This movie comes highly recommended by Impulse Gamer and is easily one
of the best dramas in a long time. It's
beautifully cast, directed and contains a very passionate story about
the fragility of romances.