Take This Waltz is about a young married couple, Lou (Seth Rogen) and our protagonist Margot (Michelle Williams), whose love has turned into a kind of cute but passionless companionship.
Lou and Margot go through married life engaging in a string of silly games and comfortable familiarity: enter the mysterious Daniel. He paints! He earns a living through dragging a tuk-tuk! He has arm muscles! And suddenly the already restless Margot is thrown into a state of confusion as each encounter with Daniel leaves her more and more intrigued by the promise of shiny new passion.
My main problem with this film is that I found there to be very little chemistry between Margot and this man who’s supposed to be setting her loins on fire. I blame this mainly on Luke Kirby (who plays the ‘too bohemian to be true’ Daniel). I also thought Margot was annoying, though beautifully played by Williams. Rogen also turns in a surprisingly nuanced performance (or maybe it’s just nuanced for Rogen) as the likeable and completely non-sexual Lou.
While Take This Waltz offers some interesting insights and lovely scenes of Toronto, it largely annoyed the shit out of me. The characters were slightly too unlikeable and the situations slightly too unsympathetic. Even though it is shot with a lot of love and care by Sarah Polley, for me it just didn’t hit the mark.