Take This Waltz is one of the saddest films I have seen in my life. I can’t recall the last time I was so decidedly torn on a movie.
When Margot (Michelle Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses her sudden attraction; she is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Swelteringly hot, bright and colorful like a bowl of fruit, Take This Waltz leads us, laughing, through the familiar, but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves. — (C) Official Site
The visuals are saturated and gorgeous, the story fairly basic, but it’s the characters that are so divisive. I had difficulty relating to the movie since I’m not married, I haven’t sat next to a cute guy on a plane, and I haven’t ridden a questionable fair ride with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” blasting through the speakers. I have been cheated on though it doesn’t even measure up to this.
What I liked about this film is the realness of it. I used to think that you will find someone who will love you no matter how boring you get, no matter how repetitive your lives are, no matter how ordinary the days become. As I grew older I learned that people are unsatisfied eighty per cent of the time. That’s sad, isn’t it? We treat each other like toys and once a new one comes out in the market, no matter how much we value the old toy, we’d move great heights to get our hands on the slicker one everyone talks about. Batteries not included.
And boy, did Seth Rogen break my heart. He set Williams free because, what more could be done, right? He knew the love was lost, the thrill was gone, the spark faded. Their cute exchange of why they love each other was done and it’s time to play it with another man. Little did she know about the circle of life. It’s true, she had her fun. It was raw, erotic, passionate, then what?
Will Shortz, the editor of the famed New York Times crossword puzzle said, “As human beings, we have a natural compulsion to fill empty spaces.” That was what happened. She found an empty space, she filled it, only to find herself in a rut because that’s what people do. We fill empty spaces and the more gaps we fill, the more in between things we become.