Is being in love enough?
Will there always be something missing from any long relationship? And how do you fight the urge to go out and find that something that is missing?
Margot (Michelle Williams) doesn’t seem to know how to fight that urge. She loves her husband Lou (Seth Rogen), but there’s a passion that is missing from their 5 year marriage. Is it just the normal progression of a marriage, or is there really something missing? Either way, Margot’s excuse for not cheating on her husband with the new man, Daniel (Luke Kirby), she has met is basically, “I’m married, I can’t cheat on my husband.” She’s obviously not convincing herself with this reasoning. All it’s doing is making her more tempted.
But does she really love Daniel, or is she just an immature 28 year old who doesn’t want to become a responsible married adult yet?
I’ll leave you to decide that one.
I liked this movie, but it’s not an easy one to digest. It’s very colorful and is shot beautifully, and I think director Sarah Polley did a good job keeping everything together and moving forward. I just thought there were a few character developments here and there that seemed a little…off. Or maybe I should say that some character motivations were a bit hazy.
Though, that could be the point. They don’t really know what they want or how to react to the situations they are presented with. For Margot, that results in trying to live in both worlds. That doesn’t work so well.
Michelle Williams is a little manic here. Alternating between impossibly adorable, sad, angry, and sometimes completely immature. Somehow she makes it all work. You don’t always like her, but you do want to know what she’s going to do next.
Even if what she does next makes you want to vigorously shake some sense into her…