Don't let the movie poster fool you.
This movie has little to do with romance, and even less to do with two hip 20-somethings posed to look like a Calvin Klein ad.
Blue Valentine details the disolution of Dean and Cindy's marriage. Built of a shakey foundation, the couple lose themeselves in the day-to-day stressors of life, and the insecurities that plague the best of relationships.
It's the sort of stuff that gives one The Danny Gut.
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are fantastic as the leads, and carry the film with their incredible talents. The film flashes back and forth between their current relationship and the lives they lead at the time they first meet. The characters were quite different; in effect, then, Gosling and Williams each play two characters in the flick.
Blue Valentine is gritty, and often difficult to watch. It's also brilliant; the use of improvised dialogue and different film formats make this movie something special