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Take This Waltz Blu-ray Review

Michelle Williams makes the hard to watch “Take This Waltz” worth watching.

In writer/director Sarah Polley’s latest film “Take This Waltz,” the story focuses on a married woman named Margot. Margot appears to be happily married to a chicken chef named Lou until she meets another man (Daniel) who also happens to live on the same street as her. Margot soon finds herself frustrated and lost as she begins to develop feelings for Daniel. Will she leave her husband for Daniel? Will she make a decision she regrets? That’s for the viewer to find out.

“Take This Waltz” is not an easy film to watch for several reasons. For one, the first half of the film is decidedly awkward as viewers are subjected to scenes of forced dialogue, weird moments (the wheelchair and pool pee scenes for instance), and a very sluggish pacing to say the least. Thankfully, the second half is much more mature albeit not any less easy to watch.

What really makes ‘Waltz’ such a hard film to watch is that it’s agonizing to see Margot’s life falling apart. You can tell she’s conflicted, unfulfilled, and uncertain about her marriage and that she thinks a relationship with Daniel would be more satisfying and sexy. Without giving away too many spoilers, however, things don’t exactly go Margot’s way.

As you can no doubt tell, this is all very non-Hollywood material which should certainly be applauded. Indie darling Sarah Polley has crafted a brutally honest story about love, sex, emotions, life, and marriage that gives viewers something to chew on. It may not work all the time, but it at least tackles important subjects and challenges viewers.

While Sarah Polley definitely deserves credit for the script, Michelle Williams is the one who makes this film truly work. Yes, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman and Luke Kirby all give fine performances, but Williams is the stand-out here. Williams makes Margot seem completely real and vulnerable. Although she isn’t getting any real awards buzz, she should as this is one of the best performances of the year.

Summary: “Take This Waltz” isn’t for everyone and it isn’t an enjoyable film by any means, but indie film fans and film buffs should check it out just for Michelle Williams’ performance alone.

Video/Audio:

With crisp colors and lush Canadian locals, ‘Waltz’ really shines in 1.78:1 1080p.

From the music montages to the quiet intimate dialogue scenes, the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does the job.

Extras:
* Magnolia film trailers (including one for “Take This Waltz”) and an AXS TV ad.
* “Making of: “Taking The Waltz”- Sarah Polley and the cast chat about the characters, themes, love, story, filming, etc. Behind-the-scenes clips are also included.
* “AXS TV: A Look At Take This Waltz”- A collection of film clips, cast interviews and critic quotes.
* BD-Live capabilities.

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November 4, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

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