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Featuring excellent work from an outstanding cast, the bittersweet drama Waltz proves that in the right hands, a familiar tale can still ring true.
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Take This Waltz is a Remarkable, Offbeat Love Story
Basically pretty humourless, considering that sharp comics Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman are in the cast, clearly doing their level best as actors. But there's no air for them to breathe.
A hard-headed, generous film about love.
Polley (who's been an actress herself) never judges these people she's created. Instead, she depicts the giddy, fleeting and illusory nature of new love, and lets us get caught up in it, too.
No one's a cliche; no one speaks dialogue the viewer could have muttered a beat or two ahead of the movie; no one hews to a mode of behavior fabricated to explain away his or her irrational behavior.
[It] often feels thin and self-conscious.
A frustrating, yet undeniably beguiling observation of love and infatuation told through a staunchly female perspective
[Director Sarah] Polley, who also wrote and directed the great 2006 film Away from Her, can make magic and then show how reality inevitably intrudes on it.
This is experiencing the acceptance of disconnection, which can manifest every time we meet someone new and/or feel displaced with someone we thought we'd love forever. Polley is an important director to fearlessly capture this here.
Polley doesn't seem to know what to do with [Seth Rogen], domesticating the...persona that you know would have had a ribald field day with those chickens he's always cooking.
Polley is a detail-oriented director who can get a little lost dazzling us with the little things.
It's such a strange little movie but beautifully acted and undeniably fascinating.
Despite its minor flaws, which includes a clumsy beginning that relies on many coincidences, this bittersweet drama surprisingly grows to become quite mature and revealing, making natural even the seemingly contrived relationship between the character and her husband.
A young wife in a stagnant marriage is excited by the possibility of romance with a stranger. Sarah Polley delivers a capable tale, told in warm colors and cool music, of awakening, forbidden love, if w/o anything truly different to bring to the table. Michelle Williams carries the thing almost solely with the use of her big eyes, although the rest of the cast is competent enough. Seth Rogan is good, too, and nowhere near as annoying as he usually is.
I rather liked this. I loved the way the story was told with few words, and yet you really got what was going on. Telling the story with no history of the characters was an interesting departure from the norm. Deeply emotional, yet so tender. The actors were excellent. No easy answers in this story. No black and white. Realistically modern, and complex. Good stuff.
Although some of the material covered in this film may be getting old, seeing it done so well through Canadian hands is terrific. Directed by Sarah Polley and shot entirely in Toronto, "Take This Waltz" is a well told unconventional love story that takes many turns for the worse. There truly are some incredible moments in this film, from the masterful camerawork in some key scenes that you will not see coming. The cast is fantastic, the script is well-written, and it is superbly directed by a someone who is a well-known indie actress. My biggest complaint is that there are so many moments when you feel like you should be smiling, but after seeing previous scenes, you feeling you'd be tricking yourself to smile. It's not the best romance I've ever seen, but it is sure a great one! "Take This Waltz" is definitely worth your time.
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