MOVIE REVIEW: Blue Valentine
Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Neither is at fault, in this case, and Cianfrance, in only his second feature film, wields all the storytelling devices of cinema – the tight, character-based camera; the music that emanates from and informs the story as well as the soundtrack; the different film stocks; the color palette; and the non-linear narrative that tells more than any straightforward plot could – in the service of this compelling investigation of the impossibility of love and marriage with the confidence of a swaggering veteran. A must-see.
Seth Rogovoy is Berkshire Living’s award-winning editor-in-chief and cultural critic.