Seth Rogen is destined for good things. Not only is he a talented comedic presence and mind, but he’s slowly growing to become a great dramatic presence. I’m not saying the guy is going to do Shakespeare (I’d see it), but he’s slowly but surely being more and more able to get into character and live truly in it, through thick and thin. In Funny People, he did a fantastic job of being the affable and nervous, but overly excited presence that Judd Apatow crafted to go alongside Sandler’s more veteran-being; Rogen brought it to a surreal life. Jody Hill’s Observe and Report allowed Seth to really show some teeth and play a really heavy personality. He dealt with violence, legitimate drama, and a quite literally deranged but hopeful person- it was a tragic role that he handled like a champ. It was a good stepping block for the man to develop, and he seems to continue to do so with Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz.
I haven’t seen any of Polley’s films before this, but I understand that she has a truly artistic handle, and I can clearly see that in how beautiful Take This Waltz looks. The cinematography really captures beautiful colors of the locales of scenic Canada (is it Toronto?), and makes for gorgeously shot and composed scenery. The tone set up is definitely delightful yet pained below it- enticing stuff. Seriously though, it seems like it’ll be a great emotional outlet kind of film from the looks of it. I’m not sure how she does with handling actors, but it seems that she has a great cast on her hands. I know that Rogen and Sarah Silverman should be capable in handling their respective presences within this drama, and with the beautiful and talented Michelle Williams, you cannot go wrong at all. Literally, she can’t do wrong, and this won’t go wrong, don’t tell me that it will go wrong- I will hurt you. As for Luke Kirby, who is a new name to me, he seems to be quite good in his fairly heavy role. I was surprised how much personality he could actually portray in a somewhat standard set-up of a character, which is the brooding, mysterious cool love interest. He seems to be able to inject some humanity into it, just as the other actors and hopefully Polley will be able to do with the rest of the film.
The film definitely seems like an adorable serious-romp that I think will result in some terribly awkward but brutally honest confrontations. That’s my jam, dog. I thoroughly look forward to Take This Waltz, and I hope they can tie up this love-triangle kind of deal in a realistic fashion, whether it is satisfactory at all. At least we know we’ll be in for a really good-looking and well-acted film. And more dramatic Seth Rogen- No one can turn that down, I will hurt you if you do.
Impressed: WHAT DID I JUST SAY? (yes, very much so)
Will Watch It: On day one, man.