This review contains information that may spoil the movie for you. Watch the movie first before reading this review. I highly recommend this film.
Cindy asks, “How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?”
Her grandmother answers, “I think the only way you can find out is to have the feeling.”
Casting Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling for the two leads is a perfect maneuver, and ultimately the strength of the film. These two actors approached the roles as individuals rather than the cliché man and woman in a romantic movie. Under the skin of Williams and Gosling, Cindy and Dean looked and behaved like real human beings. As a result, the sympathy of the audience shifts from Cindy to Dean, and then to neither of them, until finally, even we the viewers are forced to accept that these people must part for their own good, and neither of them is to blame.
Anyway, at least I hope that many of you who will watch this film will get the same feeling that I had.
“Blue Valentine” may discourage people from falling in love, but I think it may also make people cherish and nurture the love they have now. Only time will tell if the wondrous feeling we’re having now about our beloved might fade as quickly as it sparked. Truly we cannot trust our feelings if they can simply disappear like that. Then again, the only way to find out is to have that feeling of love. “Blue Valentine” is my kind of love story because it is like a Hallmark Valentine card that comes with an expiration date.