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Blue Valentine (2010)
What's the point?
My impression of this movie is best encapsulated by a passage from the movie "Adaptation," when Nicolas Cage asks Brian Cox the following question: "Sir, what if the writer is attempting to create a story where nothing much happens, where people don't change. They don't have any epiphanies. They struggle and are frustrated, and nothing is resolved... more a reflection of the real world." Blue Valentine is a lot like that. I watched this film during a post-Sundance screening in Feb 2010 where director Derek Cianfrance discussed the movie with Geoffrey Gilmore. Cianfrance said he didn't like movies to "preach" to the audience by providing answers about the characters and the story. He said he wanted his movies to ask questions instead of provide answers.
Blue Valentine gives you 2 hours of watching a marriage fall painfully apart and how it got to that point. But, it does not really provide a message of any kind. It does not provide goals or motivations for the characters. It does not provide much insight into human nature that we don't know already. There's very little character development. The movie does not give you a message. It does not speak to you. After watching the characters struggle through their very frustrating lives, you walk away thinking, "What's the point of this film?" On the positive side, the film gives you two very powerful performances by Gosling and Williams. However, that's the best I can say about this movie.
I understand the director doesn't want to "preach" or spoon-feed a message to the audience, but a film should make a statement of some sort that provokes interpretive thought and makes the audience feel there's a point to the movie.
Otherwise, as with Blue Valentine, you wonder why you just spent 2 hours watching people claw through a painful, frustrating existence in which nothing else happens aside from the pain and frustration. See Brian Cox's answer to Cage in "Adaptation" for a more colorful description of how that feels.