Movie Review: Take This Waltz

Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz (A) presents a beguiling choice for its female protagonist (a mesmerizing Michelle Williams): does she stay with the husband she knows and loves (Seth Rogen) or pursue the charming guy she just met who seems to be sweeping her off her feet in multiple chance meetings (Luke Kirby)? The fact that our heroine is so flawed and unsure of herself is so rarely explored in film, and Williams is so relatable that it somehow works. Her vacillation should be irritating, but it is instead endearing. Polley’s film style is so fresh and exciting as she explores a young woman’s crisis of conscience. There are some final reel choices that will definitely stick with you, in addition to the amazing soundtrack and beautiful cinematography.

I've reviewed films for more than 20 years. Current movie reviews of new theatrical releases and direct-to-video or streaming films are added weekly to the Silver Screen Capture movie news site. Many capsule critiques originally appeared in expanded form in my syndicated Lights Camera Reaction column.

Posted in 2011, Rent It Tonight

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