Blue Valentine (2010) reviewed ★★★★★

It’s a very rare moment that occurs only in some film viewings that a thought arises in one’s mind of similar awareness: ‘Why am I only now realizing the magnitude of these image’s vast truths?’ Derek Cianfrance has created a film which explores the mysteries of modern day relationships and why, if love is such a pure and honest entity, why does it fade? It is an important quality, although not absolutely necessary, that a film finds a relevant stance in which to associate itself to its audience. The topic of relationships, more specifically marriages, is one that cannot be denied has found its way to the lives of most Americans. A clear cut example can be shown with how more than 50% of marriages in today’s society are ending in unhealthy divorce battles. But why, we ask? Or at least, as little children, we ask ‘How come Mom and Dad stopped loving each other?’ when the love had to have been there at one point? A great line from Blue Valentine is when Michelle Williams’ character Cindy confronts her grandmother about the curiosity dealt with in feelings, and why one  should trust them if they seem to disappear so effortlessly. Apart from these topics of great concern, which is enough to attract one to see this film, Blue Valentine is magnificently well-made, covering roughly six years of Cindy and Dean’s (Ryan Gosling) relationship from the very moment they lay eyes on each other, to the very last moment their relationship has reached the final stage of their marriage’s disintegration.

Thank you for reading,

Omar Antonio Iturriaga

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