Blue is the Warmest Color Review: A Detail Oriented Romance Epic

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Some will complain about the length (a seemingly simple romance film running three hours), but the majesty of the storytelling as we weave around these people’s lives gives a sense of completion so few films in this genre offer.

We meet Adele (Adele Exarchopoulos) as she awkwardly navigates high school romance, as we all did, with her friends on her back about every move. They push her to date the good-looking guy who fancies her. But when Adele winds up in a gay bar she meets the blue-haired Emma (Lea Seydoux). The attraction is instant, but the romance isn’t easy.

However, what makes this film truly standout is that it isn’t about the LGBT struggle. It’s there of course. We get the outstanding sequences of the girls introducing them to each others’ parents. Emma’s family is accepting, but when she visits Adele’s family she is forced to be stuck in the closet.

These are wonderful scenes, but the fact that the two girls are attracted to the same sex doesn’t define the movie. Many romance films feature the “meeting of the parents” scene, but this one treats it realistically within the LGBT community without delving deeper into the politics. Like every couple, Adele and Emma have unique struggles, but the film deserves credit for not making them another doomed gay romance. That’s what I consider to be progressive art.

Adele and Emma embark on the same journey we when we meet someone special. There are struggle and personality explosions, but their love always feels real. It never delves into the Hollywood perfect romance, which is what makes these two truly wonderful to watch for three short hours.

The fly on the wall approach was perfect for watching this relationship unfold. It helps that the two lead actresses are just outstanding

Be warned though, this film is rated NC-17 for a reason. Many of the sex scenes come close to pornographic exposure, but most still serve the story effectively enough that you likely won’t be turned off by how often they bump uglies.

In fact you’ll marvel at the masterful storytelling at work here. Adele and Emma are two very real characters with unbeatable chemistry. The film breaks boundaries simply by ignoring the boundaries and telling a story. This is romance at its finest. Grade: A

By Matt Dougherty

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