On-Camera Review: Blue Valentine

by Eric Melin on January 28, 2011

in Video Reviews

Here’s my review of “Blue Valentine” from KTKA-49.

Movies sometimes tend to over-explain things. This person did this, which led to this, and ultimately: this happened as a result. But life doesn’t always work like that.

“Blue Valentine” is a painful movie that understands that when it comes to relationships, sometimes there isn’t one defining incident. There’s just the slow growing apart of two people over time.

By showing us only the beginning and the end of a couple’s relationship, played wonderfully by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, director Derek Cianfrance has created a truly challenging movie. Shot with a fly-on-the-wall quality and an unflinching honesty that refuses to draw either character as simply ‘bad’ or ‘good,’ “Blue Valentine” is all the more tragic because it is so easy to believe.

That means that the movie has at least one of the most romantic scenes I’ve seen in a long time—these two people are so clearly in love! It also means that some of the most heartwrenching scenes in recent memory carry even more weight and are that much more devastating.

So while “Blue Valentine” is one of the best films of the year—it also takes the cake very possibly for “worst date movie ever.”

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers and regular critic for KCTV5. He’s a member of the BFCA, VP of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also the current 2013 Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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