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Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Cindy: I'm so out of love with you. I've got nothing left for you, nothing, nothing. Nothing, there is nothing here for you.
Do you remember the moment when you stopped loving someone? That is hurt so much. But how did it went all away? You loved the person once...Dearly too.
As we enter into the lives of Cindy and Dean, we see a marriage that has reached its breaking point. Cindy looks at Dean like she is doing a favor staying with him. For Dean the dream is simple, be a good husband and a father but as of lately he hasn't been a good husband. For Cindy she want Dean to do something of his potential rather than painting peoples houses.
What hurts watching this movie is not the fading love between Dean and Cindy but going back looking at how they fell in love and how they were happy for brief period of time. The scene of them on the street, Dean playing the guitar, Cindy dancing...It was so beautiful to watch.
Blue Valentine shows a story where love has an expiry date. It has its start and its end. The motel scene was really everything you needed to know about current situation of this couple. Dean still loves Cindy, but he is just saying through words.
For Cindy's reference is the marriage of their parents and how painful it was to see them fighting over and her mother giving up every hope there is. She doesn't want that to happen to her. For Dean it is about keeping it all together, he doesn't want it to end. As he says to Cindy, Dean: Baby, you made a promise to me, okay? You said, "for better or worse." You said that. You said it. It was a promise.
Cindy: I'm sorry.
Dean: Now this is my worst, okay? This is my worst. But I'm gonna get better. You just gotta give me a chance to get better.
Their love has gotten to a point where Dean has to plead just to give him a chance, tell him what to do so he can do it for her and their daughter.
Dean: Tell me how I should be. Just tell me. I'll do it.
The scene in the hotel where Cindy and Dean are about to have sex, but Dean mentions about having a baby and soon Cindy reaches her end point as she just lays there for him, with her fists trying to tell she is in rage trying to end it right now with him.
I don't know what else to say other than this movie broke me. At one point it made me believe there is love and on other it just said love is nothing more than a tablet with an expiry date coming soon. It shows a part of love that can be a fantasy and other reality. Love is never easy, if it was everyone would have been stayed with one person for their whole lives.
Even the last scene of Frankie running towards Dean was just so painful to watch. This movie hurts everything and tears down every myth you have about love.
Michelle Williams is just perfect as Cindy. From the moments of her falling in love with Dean, or dancing on the street or even the scene on the train where she is holding Ryan. This is favorite performance from her. I think she even took her experience from this movie to her next Take this Waltz which was another brilliant performance from her. The shift change in her character here as Cindy and how she manages to get every pain she suffers and manages to get by...
And Ryan Gosling as Dean. What is with him and playing roles where he has to suffer for love and make us suffer with him? He is better here than he was in La La Land. He captures a man who is looking for a fairytale but instead he gets a family which wasn't his choice but something he was meant to be.
This is Derek Cianfrance best movie.
Blue Valentine is a story about love and how it is lost along the way. With great performances from Michelle Williams who was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actress and Ryan Gosling who loses another battle with love.
And the end credits are so beautiful.