Plot Summary: As Cindy and Dean muddle through their languishing marriage, they hearken back to the golden days when life was filled with possibility and romance.
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman
Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) After the meet cutes, after the romantic courtship, and after the weddings that their viewers rooted for, the couples in our romantic dramas actually have to live with each other…and it’s not always happily ever after. This film is about that later scenario. It is uncompromisingly real. The actors managed to channel raw emotions that make it very difficult for the viewer to stay detached. And to really drive the point home in an artistic and interesting way, the film is split with flashbacks to that amazingly cute romance that no one would ever think would fail. Overall, this is a very good movie, and it deserved every award and nomination that it received.
I guess I’ve just seen and experienced too much heartbreak in my life to want to spend another 2 hours living in someone else’s broken dreams, though. I found this flick difficult to watch for that reason. I found myself strongly disliking Williams’s character. I found myself wanting to cite this film as an example of the crappy things that (some) women do. For some people, this movie is a Must See. For me, it is a very real and moving film that brings up feelings I do not really care for. That being said, I respect it as a great movie, and would not say you’re wasting your time watching it. Be careful who you watch it with, though, as it could lead to an argument.