Take This Waltz (2011) Movie Review


Take This Waltz is a unique film with how it explores it’s themes, it may seem typical at a first glance but as the film progresses it becomes evident that it is something different. It visits themes of romance and the empty void that we as humans always feel at some point through Margot (Michelle Williams), a freelance writer who gradually begins to have an affair with Daniel (Luke Kirby), a artsy and strange neighbor. Margot is married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a genuine, nice guy who seems to care and love for Margot a lot. Although, it is fairly evident that Margot is dissatisfied with the marriage and thinks something is missing, and hopes that through Daniel and her affair she can achieve something to fill said void.

The movie is interesting in a lot of ways, it feels very natural in the first place. The lighting and the clothing choices in the movie are absolutely elegant and beautiful in nearly everyway. It goes to show how great the small things in a film can impact it overall. The performances are top notch, Michelle Williams is great as a very confused person and it’s nice to see Rogen in a serious role which he rarely does. Many people seem to criticize Rogen a lot for being a one-note actor but I think he has potential to do more serious roles. Sarah Silverman also plays a prominent character named Geraldine, Lou’s sister, and does a great job as well.

I think the most important thing about this movie is that it doesn’t fall into most stereotypes despite telling a fairly typical story. Especially because of the ending. It doesn’t end overly melancholic or overly joyous, rather it just ends…similar to the empty void Margot feels. It leaves you with a lot to think about, the fact that as humans, we’re always going to feel slightly empty, almost no matter what regardless of who we are with and what we are doing. It’s human nature. We get a unique take on relationships, a movie that actually gives a meaningful look into marriages instead of the overly cynical look or the overly optimistic look, we get a wonderful balance. And that is the charm of this film. Overall, this is a unique indie film, one I recommend people watch as it has fairly universal themes, filled with great performances, and gives a great look into human existence and love itself.

4/5 stars.


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