BLUE VALENTINE (Carlton) – Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day, and this movie hase “Valentine” right in the name! Perfect! I’d heard all the stories about how depressing and horrible this film is, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that people need to see more movies if they think that this is the height of Bad Things Happening To People. At least these films I’ve seen in theatres the past 45 days I’d consider worse end games for the players. I think HIGH COST OF LIVING and DOGTOOTH have a possibility of off-screen redemption, but as-filmed, they’re pretty big downers.
ENTER THE VOID
LAST TANGO IN PARIS
HIGH COST OF LIVING
I left the theatre after watching BLUE VALENTINE quite happy; nobody was murdered or committed suicide. I was ready for anything as this film began, and I think I got two really good films – one with a happy ending, and one a drama with an inevitable end.
The one-two punch with the parallel stories of young love and old unlove was sometimes jarring, going from a sun lit smiling face to an artificially blue lit sneering face made the jump distinct at times. Sometimes the hop to the alternate time line was nearly imperceptible, almost non-existant.
In the end, she was mean and he was dumb, and there was no helping this. It was only a matter of time. I was a bit unsure about the end, as Dean walks away and the fireworks go off. Works well with the photo montage from the happy times to tie things together.
Still, not a date movie.