Take This Waltz, review
On Netflix now
2011, R, **
Directed and Written by: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman
Sarah Polley (Actress: “My Life Without Me,” --also starring Scott Speedman; “Dawn of the dead” 2004 version of George A. Romero's zombie movies) directs, "Take This Waltz," starring Michelle Williams as Margot and Seth Rogen as Lou, about a young married couple that seems to be more great friends than partners in life. Margot (Williams) essentially meets someone on the airplane during a work trip and start seeing him (Luke Kirby plays Daniel, Margot’s fling on the side) during the day and it eventually becomes into an affair.
The film is indie style, urban, easy come, easy go relationships, and promotes the liberal attitude toward people and their emotions and when they're involved in a marriage that it doesn't really mean anything to anyone anymore. An actual committed relationship and marriage seem to mean nothing anymore, and Hollywood seems to do a lot to promote this ridiculous behavior.
I love Sarah Polley as an actress but as a writer-director I believe her messages are not good ones at least for this particular film. Marriages break apart so easily today because some people just can't handle working out difficulties and going through hard times, and their brain is only really thinking about their own well-being. In the film Lou and Margot have only been married for a short 5 years; maybe they made a mistake, maybe they didn't, but it's pointing out that people are very weak minded and are susceptible to other people's flirtations and when their mind is in a fantasy-land, they drift off and might think the "new" person is what they need and can give me everything they want. When in fact the person that they married is the person that they are with and they should be committed to. Maybe I'm old school but I believe in making a marriage work.
If you're married and you're not happy you need to be making a list of serious pros and cons and really think about what you're doing, granted in this film "Take This Waltz," it's basically making a statement" -- take this new journey, and it's okay to leave your husband. However if you're truly in a horrid relationship that is hurting your health and I mean both mentally and physically, then maybe it is in your best interest to leave the marriage.
I'm only giving this Sarah Polley directed and written film one star because I feel as though it's giving out the wrong message to people about marriage and what it means to be in a committed relationship.
Too many people are getting married for the wrong reasons, and they don't understand what the concept of marriage means all. Today's society already portrays marriage as not a big issue, when in fact in the real world it is a big deal, and shouldn't be taken lightly. And if you are they type of person that is very arrogant, self-serving, and in your own little bubble, you should re-think any marriage plans, until you grow up some more.
Lou (Rogen, “Super Bad,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) and Williams (plays Jen Lindley on WB/CW “Dawson’s Creek,” 1998-2003; “Brokeback Mountain”) have no real chemistry and the acting is miniscule. They act like high school kids living together in a brick row home somewhere in Canada or maybe it's supposed to be in Brooklyn, New York -- looks like Brooklyn -- but I believe they filmed it in Canada somewhere.
I like Seth Rogen but, I think he should stick to his comedies and Michelle Williams has never been of any great shakes to me in terms of acting abilities. She's more of a plain Jane; always plays the same neutral character with insecurities. I'm not sure what happened to her feisty days as Jen on Dawson's Creek. That's been over since 2003. Watch "Take This Waltz," if you're interested but I think you'll be let down.