Black and Blue Valentine!
I read reviews saying that this movie was "Heart-wrenching" and "Moving" but only thing that wrenched my heart out is the fact that people buy into this mediocrity. The script was weak, there was no decent dialogue, no compelling plot, no creative story-line, no real character development and no insightful resolution; it was as if someone wrote about a sad boring broken romance that they had and found some sucker to produce it.
B"lue Valentine" gives you 2 hours of watching a marriage fall painfully apart and how it got to that point. But, it does not really provide a message of any kind. It does not provide goals or motivations for the characters. It does not provide much insight into human nature that we don't know already. There's very little character development.
I saw one review which stated: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams both fill the portrait of domestic ennui with great pathos .....I'm still laughing about this!
Plont points (Dead og) would pick up and then drop off...another annoying thing about the direction of this film.
Sorry Ryan, but you acted like you were bored and sleep-walking through your role!
Simply put, "Blue Valentine" was Over-rated, the plot had no polarization, no finalization and haphazard direction.
For a much more superior film with "marriage is on the rocks" as it's theme, try "Two for the Road" which is a 1967 American film directed by Stanley Donen about the twelve-year relationship between an architect (Albert Finney) and his wife (Audrey Hepburn).
The only reason the film "Blue Valentine" is geteting any press and all the preaise is all because of the "Rating controversy" which was just a marketing gimmick!
The biggest problem with "Blue Valentine" is that both characters are totally unlikable and we never really care about them or their marriage.
Very Over-Rated, so-so acting, and plot that is just "boring"!
My Final Rating: D-