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REVIEW: Blue Really IS the Warmest Color

A movie for lovers
A movie for lovers
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Blue is the Warmest Color


If you like films with big action scenes, lots of explosions, complicated camera movements, special effects, or wide angle shots, La vie d'Adèle - Chapitres 1 et 2 (known by audiences in the United States as Blue Is the Warmest Color [2013]) is not a film for you.

Centered around Adèle, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos, and her complex relationship with Emma, played by Lea Seydoux, Blue Is the Warmest Color is a modern, gritty, and beautifully told love story that gives an accurate portrayl of what love truly means from the perspective of a millennial.

Adèle wants only to find real love, much like the love she reads and studies about during her days as a student of literature. However, her high school peers continually disappoint her, and she can't seem to get the blue haired girl, with her hand on another girls hip as she walked past her on the street one day, out of her head.

It should be noted that the film is rated NC-17, which is directly related to the sex scenes between the two leads, Emma and Adèle.

Ignoring the inherent bias of the Motion Picture Rating Association when talking about sex in movies, there is no way showing a person 16-years-old or younger Blue Is the Warmest Color can be more damaging then showing them, let's say, The Passion of the Christ or Hostel or The Hills Have Eyes. So why NC-17? Ask your local priest.

Blue Is the Warmest Color felt very real, very intimate, and almost voyeuristic, but the pacing kept the film moving in such a way that you become a part of the story. Adèle becomes your best friend, and even when watching her do something you know she will regret, your a passive observer, like you would a best friend who you want to be happy.

Director/writer Abdellatif Kechiche creates a character and an atmosphere that is extremely in tune with one another. By the end, even after the 179 minute runtime, you're left wanting more. Some of you are probably saying, "179 minutes!? Who's got the time?" Well, did you see Wolf of Wall Street? Case closed. The length of a film has no affect on it's overall quality. Three-hours never went by so fast.