Review of Take This Waltz
on 2012-07-11 09:18
“Take this Waltz” is nearly everything wrong with indie film; too centered around bored, self-pitying people, draggy music, and not much actual depth. Michelle Williams plays Margot, a woman on a return flight who meets handsome artist Daniel (Luke Kirby), only to find out later that they are actually neighbors. She has to warn him that she is married to a sweet chicken cook named Lou (Seth Rogen) cause apparently her telling him that she needs a wheel chair for fear of missing plane connections, she’s afraid of being afraid, and she has moments of momentary melancholy has made him fall head over heals in love with her. Yes, seriously.
In what amounts to an increasingly fake and laughable will-she-or-won’t-she-sleep-with-him romance, filmmaker Sarah Polley wants this to be about old relationships falling apart as much as new ones having a certain luster. But there is an oddness to the Margot-Daniel storyline; they do things that people who have just met would not do (he makes her a sketch of her personality, she immaturely calls him names), he creepily follows her every where, and the two partake in an underwater dance and, much later (another problem is the films unbelievable length), montage sex seemingly meant to be more artistic-looking than actually romantic. All the while we ask, “Whats wrong with Lou?”
Margot on the other hand is an aggravating mess. Williams is forced to play a woman dissatisfied with everything except something new, who calls attention to herself in childish ways, and who seems to have a psychological problem the film never reveals. Kirby says every line as if it’s the one that’s going to put him to sleep and Rogen, trying to take the Jonah Hill route into dramatic territory, amounts to nothing more than playing a clueless dope. “Blue Valentine”, another unhappy marriage movie with Michelle Williams, broke down the relationship and gave us reasons, but Margot and company just seem like zombies (in another indie movie cliché).