Friday, July 13, 2012

Take This Waltz

Back in 2006, director Sarah Polley made a big splash among movie buffs with her ultra-heavy, and ultra-realistic film about Alzheimer's disease, 'Away from Her'.  Critics marveled at how such a young girl (at the age of 27) with very limited filmmaking experience could create such a mature and poignant film.  It certainly seemed like a film made by someone much older and much more experienced.  So the pressure was on.  Could she do it again?  Well, she followed up six years later, with a drama about relationships, and a strong cast including Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, and Sarah Silverman.  But unfortunately this one is nowhere near as good.  It's fine.  And it has some good performances, but it's a bit of a downer, and doesn't pack the punch to make that worthwhile (like 'Blue Valentine').  Despite comedians Rogen and Silverman, don't look for too many laughs here.  There are some for sure, but this is relationship drama.  And it's only ok.  I'll hold my ruling on Polley as a filmmaker for now, but in my opinion she's batting .500.

Grade: B-

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