Sad...but good
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An incredibly sad story, and beautifully-made. The performances in it are outstanding (not surprising Michelle Williams was nominated for an Oscar). This is a very carefully choreographed, emotional roller-coaster, and it will keep you going up and down through the almost two hour running time. It details the life of a relationship by interspersing flashbacks throughout. The cinematography is fairly different, and the soundtrack is unique and good. The only major complaint I had (beyond being a tad emotionally drained at the end) would be with the female character's portrayal. Gosling's character gets to be the quintessential, fun-loving (though admitedly at times obnoxious and overbearing) good guy, while Williams' devolves into a distant, icy, put-upon housewife for seemingly no reason. It looks like the filmmakers make a vague attempt to explain this through backstory, but in the end, it felt like she got the brunt of the blame through the depiction of her overreactive coldness.
Still, an artistic, touching movie that is worth seeing.