Monday, May 28, 2012

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Take This Waltz

This week's "Movie of the Week" is a film that just barely misses excellence. In "Take This Waltz", director Sarah Polley that deals with the complexities of infidelity. It's an interesting take on the subject, as the lead character (played by Michelle Williams) is happily married and vehemently tries to avoid cheating on her husband (played by Seth Rogen). It's yet another mesmerizing performance by Williams who adds many layers to her character. She makes it virtually impossible to not care about how her character ends up. Rogen too, works surprisingly well as the simple, nice guy husband. Also playing slightly against type is Sarah Silverman, in her most affecting work to date. As I indicated before, I do have some issues with the film. I find the "dorky-quirky" banter (particularly between Rogen and Williams) a bit forced at times and I have problems with where the story goes in the end. That being said, there are some really strong scenes in the film. A couple brilliant monologues give each member of the principal cast their time to shine and also give the viewer some food for thought. Overall, this film doesn't match up to the director's previous film "Away From Her", but Williams' fantastic performance makes it worthwhile.

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