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Blu-ray review: 'Take This Waltz'
‘Take This Waltz'
A disturbing pattern is developing in the acclaimed career of three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who is making a dubious habit of delivering superlative performances in films that frankly don't deserve her.
After winning an Academy Award nod for her credible portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in last year's “My Week with Marilyn,” Williams reverts back to playing a marital malcontent with “Take This Waltz,” actress/filmmaker Sarah Polley's unsatisfactory follow-up to her heartrending 2006 Alzheimer's saga “Away from Her.”
Like director/co-writer Derek Cianfrance's 2010 drama “Blue Valentine,” for which Williams earned her previous Oscar nomination, “Take This Waltz” seeks to reveal truths about marriage, attraction and relationships while never, ever letting you forget that it's an Important Independent Film. The contrived storytelling, clunky metaphors and self-consciously writerly dialogue dim the flashes of truthfulness that Williams and co-stars Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, who bring likable humor without overt comedy to their dramatic roles, manage to achieve.
Set in Toronto, the film follows Margot (Williams), a comfortably married freelance writer who travels to the Canadian version of Colonial Williamsburg to retool the tourist trap's website. There she finds herself strongly drawn to handsome sightseer Daniel (Luke Kirby), who conveniently turns out to be her new neighbor, an aspiring artist who makes enough money as a rickshaw operator to live in a trendy loft in their bohemian neighborhood.