Is this reel life? – Take This Waltz (Review)

‘Everyone’s life has gaps but that doesn’t mean that you have to try to fill them up like a lunatic’ or a line along those lines was the only thing that was thought provoking about this movie. Apart from that, the only thought it provoked was, ‘why am I watching this garbage?’

Yes folks! I am talking about ‘Take this Waltz’

It was hyped to be a romantic movie and coming from Sarah Polley, people, well at least I, had high expectations from it. If the point of the movie was to make people hate the lead character then Bingo! If not, then the movie has totally missed the point.

Margot, played by Michelle Williams, is a writer who really has issues and she constantly feels ill at ease with her marriage. Despite the fact that her husband, played by Seth Rogen, is loving and doting, she requires constant attention and when he is unable to do that because of work commitments she looks for that attention outside her marriage and unsurprisingly, cause that’s what always happens in movies, she finds it in her next door neighbor, played by Luke Kirby.

At the risk of sounding like a prude, cheating spouses don’t really appeal to my sensibilities. Luke Kirby is attractive though, so one can imagine why Margot would fall for him. Furthermore, the lead character had a very weak personality and after nearly two hours of her wanting to cheat on her husband, incessant crying and depression, she finally realizes that she needs to love herself before she can ever love anyone else.

Deep. I know.

However, remember what was wrong with 127 hours? Yeah, basically this movie doesn’t have a story that should be made into a movie. It feels like a soap opera!

However, all is not bad and there were some strong points about the movie. The acting was rather convincing, so much so, that at times it felt like a documentary. The videography, music and direction were excellent as well.

I am not saying that you shouldn’t see it. You can, and you should and I am pretty sure that it will hit right home for many. After all, we all have moments when we feel like something is missing from our lives and that if we just found that ‘something’ then our lives would be complete. But I’d say watch it on Netflix or at least on $5 Tuesdays.

Also, if you have ever felt like you had issues,  after watching this movie, you would not feel that way anymore.


Director: Sarah Polley

Writer: Sarah Polley

Stars: Michelle Wiliams, Luke Kirby, Seth Rogen

Duration: 116 minutes

Rating: R

23 thoughts on “Is this reel life? – Take This Waltz (Review)

  1. Great review! I know if I saw this I’d feel the same way. You make really good points. How some people get the money to finance these projects is a mystery.

  2. I really didn’t like this movie, and gave it a very negative review. I am glad to see someone else who didn’t love this movie, because I have seen far too many people saying far too many great things about this film, and I really don’t think it deserves it. Great review!

    • haha I think people are biased because Sarah Polley’s Away From Her was good!
      This was just ugh!

      Thank you for commenting! I look forward to reading more of your reviews!

      Going to watch Celeste and Jesse Forever! Woot Woot!

  3. I hear you. On the other hand, I learned over time not to judge others too harshly, and instead nudge them forward – just as I hope they do for me. 🙂

    • LOL Pete! I am heading over to your blog right now!

      I changed my browser and the damned thing doesn’t have your blog in my bookmarks! BLEAH! ❤

  4. If I don’t find the main characters appealing, I find I can’t empathize with them and don’t give a damn about their problems. Cheating spouses does not appeal to me, and neither does this movie- no matter how the attracted I am to the hipster-real-world-quality of it that comes off in the trailers. Thanks for the review! You’ve saved me some valuable time!

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