Monday, May 28, 2012
TAKE THIS WALTZ by Pamela Powell
Serendipity comes to mind (not the Cusack movie) when I watched this movie. What are the odds of meeting someone in a foreign country who then turned out to be your across-the-street neighbor? They are pretty slim, but I suppose it could happen. Once you let go of that chance circumstance and the fact that for being a young married couple, Margot and Lou had a lot of leisure time, you can then enjoy this movie. (I remember working 3 jobs at their age, but maybe Montreal is less expensive than Chicago.)
TAKE THIS WALTZ has a wonderful common theme: What was once new eventually becomes old. The movie showed other characters dealing with the same struggle of wanting newness, but the way they handled it was very different. Margot's interaction with her sister-in-law and friends supported everyone's struggle with the need for newness and unpredictability, but not always in a positive way.
This is a beautifully shot movie. The location was one that I was not familiar with and the overall cinematography took complete advantage of the aesthetics of the location. This well-written and well-directed movie took a common theme in everyone's life and showed you that everyone deals with this in a different way.
I might warn you that I think women will enjoy this movie more than men. Take a look at it on VOD to see Williams in yet another thought provoking and challenging role and Rogen in a role I would love to continue to see him do.