Take This Waltz

Wednesday, September 28 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Take This Waltz

JOY REVIEW

The most important thing to know about Take this Waltz is it was written and directed by Sarah Polley, which means it’s going to be kind of chick flicky, it’s going to be kind of slow, and it’s going to be kind of intense; and it is indeed all of the above. Michelle Williams plays Margot, a writer who is in Colonial Williamsburg doing a brochure — and meets this guy, and they kind of flirt, and she’s supposed to flog a guy in the town center, and the cute Daniel, who is Luke Kirby, sort of encourages her to hit him harder and then they’re on the airplane together and they share a cab together, and it turns out they live across the street from each other. This all sounds great, except Margot has neglected to tell Daniel that she is married to Seth Rogen, who’s a cookbook writer, who turns out to be a very sweet, kind of clueless guy, and you can kind of see this whole thing coming, though it takes a very long time to get there. Sarah Silverman apparently is going to make a new career playing loudmouth, slutty women. She certainly photographs well. She looks very pretty; in fact, she looks prettier than Michelle Williams in this one, and the idea is that the two of them i.e., Daniel and Margot, have kind of en eroticism that is highlighted by the fact that they’re restrained, she says that she’ll see him in 30 years and give him a kiss then. It’s sort of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and the images of ourselves. This is kind of a sad movie, to be quite honest, but it was well acted and seemed somewhat authentic. I give it three stars.

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