Seth Rogan (Lou), a comedy profesh, steps out from under his comedy comfort blanket to play one half of an adorably smitten and obviously in love married couple who are nearing their five-year wedding anniversary. His better half Margot played by Michelle Williams. It’s a surprise casting choice, a pair I would never thought to have coupled together but it really works. There’s an obvious chemistry between them and natural playfulness which infused with the characters they play who have this very childish/immature but adorable way of being with each-other, in a very ordinary relationship present a couple who are easily identifiable with. They’re an average Joe and plain Jain who could be anyone of us.
But every great film needs its great conflict.
When they return home Margot tries desperately to reignite the flame in her marriage and avoid Daniel who she becomes increasingly drawn to. But it’s inevitable, their relationship becoming unbearable to resist and so frustrating with every touch they don’t have and every opportunity to be together then don’t take. Margot battles with how she feels for both her husband and her ‘friend’, between love and lust. But who wins? Dun dun duuuuunnnnn!!!…..
Tune in to find out.
Michelle Williams is as expected, great. She completely transforms herself into a character unlike any other she’s played before; as far removed from her days as Jen in Dawson’s Creek as a nun is to a playboy bunny. There’s something incredibly sweet about her character, innocent and a little naïve. And while she and Lou compliment each other, it’s an exciting contrast, risky and heated when she is with Daniel. My favourite scene between them (slight spoiler) being when they go for an afternoon drink and she bravely asks what he would do to her?
…….His response it what Fifty Shades of Grey wishes it could be. The chemistry between them is explosive and exciting to watch, Luke Kirby being someone to follow in future projects.
Seth Rogan, while still a bit of a joker, takes on a more serious role in his stride, effortlessly and impressively. I warmed to his sensitive and mature side instantly. I think there should be more of serious-role-Rogan.
The rest of the cast is fairly unknown. Meaning I didn’t recognize any of them except for Sarah Silverman who plays the sister/in-law and recovering alcoholic. Usually I find her annoying but she’s actually pretty lovable in this.
Take This Waltz is written and directed by Sarah Polley who people will know more for her work as an actress and not behind the lens. She’s starred in Dawn of the Dead, Go, Splice, and some other rubbish, but Take This Waltz proves she’s a far greater talent with a pen in her hand and eyes behind the lens.
The music is chilled and locations warm, homely and beautiful. I fell in love with their home, their quiet little street, and closeness of it all. It’s a very intimate film, cast, and locations. Even the weather, an uncomfortable heat, brought with it a sense of closeness.
It’s far from a comedy but there is light-hearted moments that make you smile. For the most part though, it’s an intense, heart-warming and heart-breaking love-story that depending who you are either ends well or not so.
I’m all smiles and a little flustered for Take This Waltz