Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star as Dean and Cindy in the intense “romantic” drama, ‘Blue Valentine’.
The film switches from present time to the past and details the antics of Dean and Cindy’s life, how they met, how they fell in love and ultimately how they (or mainly Cindy) fell out of love.
As the film takes us back to the past we see Cindy as a young girl with big dreams to become a doctor. As her relationship with her current volatile boyfriend comes to it’s inevitable end, she meets Dean, an energetic and passionate young man.
Their whirlwind romance begins as Dean explains to his co-worker how taken he is with Cindy, how she is “different” from other girls. There’s an attraction between the two that’s unexplainable.
Cindy however, finds out that she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s baby, knowing the consequences it will have on her aspirations for a medical career and also knowing that her ex-boyfriend will in no way contribute to fatherhood, she decides to have an abortion. But just as the doctor is about to perform the procedure, Cindy realizes she can’t go through with it ad decides to keep the baby.
Dean tells her that he wants to start a family Cindy and the baby and the two get married not long after.
As the film switches back to the present, we see Cindy now working as a nurse whilst juggling being a mother to her young daughter. Dean still works at the same furniture moving job he had when he first met Cindy, however, the years have taken its toll on both parents. Their relationship is strained, Cindy seems to have lost the want to fight for their love and Dean seems to avoid facing the problems of their distance by drowning his sorrows in alcohol.
While Williams and Gosling definitely get kudos for their performances, the film itself feels a little too drawn out. The ending is also far from satisfying and there seems to be a significant central goal lacking. The film’s narrative seems to jump from place to place without much reason and we as the audience seem to become as lost as the characters themselves.
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