Take This Waltz is a pretty great movie. I rarely sit on my couch watching movies or TV shows without being distracted on my phone or iPad or just walking away to do something. I just have a bad attention span. But this movie, wow. There was so much I could relate to in the story, from many different angles. I’ve had that awkward quiet dinner out where you try to talk but the other person doesn’t have anything to say, because you live together so you’re “not out to catch up.” Watching the silly moments of a couple so perfectly in sync made me smile, and I miss that. And I’ve experienced that feeling where there’s some sort of pull to someone that you can’t control or explain despite being problematic. I dealt with it differently than these characters, but sometimes I think my excessive self restraint or self preservation bites me in the ass. This movie is great at showing the realities of relationships, including the good, bad, and messy. But most importantly, it played out in the end with a poignant message. I doubt I’m spoiling much by saying that the main point is that you have to be happy with yourself without using other people to mask what should be personal growth, and as someone in the movie says, “new things get old.” Also, I absolutely love Michelle Williams’ short hair. I may be tempted to try it out next summer.
“I remember when my niece, Toni, was a newborn, I’d babysit her and sometimes she’d cry, like babies do. Nine times out of ten I could solve the problem, I could figure it out, but… Sometimes when I’m walking along the street and a shaft of sunlight falls in a certain way across the pavement and I just want to cry. And a second later, it’s over. And I decide, because I’m an adult, to not succumb to the momentary melancholy and I had that sometimes with Toni. She just had a moment like that. A moment of not knowing how, or why, and she just let herself go into it. And there was nothing anyone could do to make it any better — it was just her, and the fact of being alive, colliding.” –Margot