Film Review: Take This Waltz

Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz is a well-crafted drama. The film offers great performances, writing and direction.

When Margot meets Daniel whilst working away from home, there is an instant buzz between them. The pair get along well except for one hitch; Margot is married. Margot has feelings for Daniel, whilst not wanting to hurt her husband Lou. Margot struggles to know what to do…

Take This Waltz is a character driven film that offers a meaty protagonist. Despite Margot being at the centre of the action, it is the men in the film that elicit emotions however. Lou and Daniel are likely to be the ones that draw a reaction from the audience; Margot is simply the conductor of this.

The pacing in Take This Waltz is good. Writer and director Sarah Polley allows enough time for characters and their relationships to develop. The mood is sombre and reflective for the most part. There are a few cute or amusing moments, but overall the film stays true to its dramatic roots.

The film is reminiscent of Blue Valentine. Rather than for the casting of Michelle Williams as the female lead, the parallels lie in the authenticity of both films. There is something completely believable about Take This Waltz. It is this aspect of the film that is likely to stay with viewers. The scene featuring Seth Rogen’s Lou at the kitchen table in particular is stand out. So much is conveyed from this one-sided conversation. The level of authenticity here makes the sequence a bit difficult to watch.

Performances throughout the film are excellent. Michelle Williams is great as Margot, while Luke Kirby is believable as Daniel. Seth Rogen shines in a more dramatic role than most would associate with the actor, and Sarah Silverman provides good support as Geraldine.

As it deals with emotions that can be difficult to face, Take This Waltz is decidedly sombre. Certainly not a date movie, nevertheless Take This Waltz is a superb watch.

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