Blue Valentine is an intertwined tale of love, which alternates between the past that is full of young and hopeful romance that spirals into the present with inevitable chaos. The film opens with Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) who have clearly grown apart over the years, barely held together by their exuberant young daughter. As Dean gets by as an unmotivated house painter, Cindy is a responsible and driven physician’s assistant.
As the film flashes back and forth between the present and the past, it is revealed that Dean’s charm and playfulness that once won over Cindy after a chance meeting is not enough to sustain a healthy and productive relationship. Just before meeting Dean, Cindy is unknowingly impregnated by her abusive ex-boyfriend which leads to big time baby mama drama with Dean once he finds out.
Returning to the present day – Dean and Cindy retreat to a gimmick hotel for the weekend to drink and carry on in a last ditch effort to save their marriage. As their getaway turns into a nightmare of jealousy and confrontation, more skeletons from the past are revealed as their grim relationship boils over.
On a seemingly shoe-string budget, this film is carried by an incredible energy between Williams and Gosling. They share an incredible dynamic between one another and masterfully tell a tale of train wrecked passion. Salacious, intense and thoroughly enticing.
4 stars out of 5