"Blue Valentine comes on like a bittersweet cautionary tale".- Lisa Kennedy
No other sentence can fairly describe this movie as the listed above!
The beauty of this craft is that both Ryan and Michelle co-produced the picture and were in it as main characters while Mr Cianfrance wrote the whole thing (first draft was 1997) and directed it ; which is in my humble opinion always a key to a successful movie "to be involved from the inside out"
As you will notice, the movie is shot in a timeline "jumping all around" norm reminding us of contemporary love stories like "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "(500) Days of Summer" which have also experimented with scrambled timelines.
Gosling and Williams delivered exceptional performances, sweet , smart and captivating and the loads of nominations/wins to the acclaimed actors came of no surprise (with an shot at the 2011s Oscars for Williams )
The characters' love has been shot down and you spend the film trying to figure out who the killer is. Is it him, is it her, is it the kid, is it money, time, is it their jobs, is it their parents? And at the end the answer is up to you!
In a recent interview, Cianfrance said commenting on his masterpiece "When I fall in love, I don't have a checklist. There are a thousand reasons but there's also no reason. The same mysterious thing happens when you fall out of love. There are a thousand things wrong, and then again it's nothing"