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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Nearing to cross the street

It was 5.30am, it's raining. And i decided to push the play button on my DVD remote.

Beautiful night scene. Sound of a train moving very fast. The scene zoom in to a bakery.

Hmmm...very Chungking Express. In fact it kinda does resembling the movie except this time, the one who's manning the bar is Jude Law rather than Faye Wong.

My Blueberry Night, the first English feature film by HK arthouse director, Wong Kar Wai, did not really fare as well as his HK movies, not because of the storyline but perhaps of the main character being played by Norah Jones. She's just too woody and sometimes expressionless. Compared to his HK features which featured great actors/actresses. Even if they are new, they are able to show they emotion unlike Miss Jones. Of course, you can't expect her to be Maggie Cheung but at least Mr.Wong could have chosen someone better.

Jude Law performance was good but nothing outstanding as he was just playing a role we had seen him in The Holidays. But then again, I don't really blame him since his role in the movie was not really that powerful.

The second story, perhaps was the best of the three storylines interwebbed in this movie. Rachel Weisz was good, playing the sexy & beautiful wife which I imagine Mr.Wong would have casted Carina Lau or Gong Li if this is a HK movie. And David Strathain also did a good job playing Rachel's husband who's just not willing to let go of the love when it's practically over.

The third storyline is probably the weakest despite having Natalie Portman in it. Perhaps it was Norah Jones that just too bloody wood that it spoil the whole storyline.

Not really a must watch compared to his previous fares like 2046, In the Mood For Love or even Ashes of Time.

As usual, this movie is very much a Wong Kar Wai movie. The silent moment, the great soundtrack, the close-up, the ambience. This one is meant for those who are very much it, feel it and move on....

Some quotable quotes from the movie (which I stole from IMDB)...

Jeremy: Hmm. It's like these pies and cakes. At the end of every night, the cheesecake and the apple pie are always completely gone. The peach cobbler and the chocolate mousse cake are nearly finished... but there's always a whole blueberry pie left untouched.
Elizabeth: So what's wrong with the blueberry pie?
Jeremy: There's nothing wrong with the blueberry pie. Just... people make other choices. You can't blame the blueberry pie, just... no one wants it.

Elizabeth: How do you say goodbye to someone you can't imagine living without? I didn't say goodbye. [pause] I didn't say anything. I just walked away.
Elizabeth: It took me nearly a year to get here. It wasn't so hard to cross that street after all, it all depends on who's waiting for you on the other side.
Katya: Sometimes, even if you have the keys those doors still can't be opened. Can they? Jeremy: Even if the door is open, the person you're looking for may not be there, Katya.

Well, I'm still taking my long way to cross the street but I hope I'll be crossing the street soon. The only thing is when the door across the street is open, is that person I'm looking for be there waiting for me or it'll just be an empty room? We will never know until we turn the key, won't we?

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  • At 10:58 PM, Anonymous woody said…

    have you met anyone in depression running around cross-country from her problems - usually they are dead inside ... and wooden, so Jones fits the role. (We thought you like woodies anyway?)

  • At 7:51 AM, Blogger JT said…

    do not fully agree with you. I believe if this role is given to a much experience actress, she would have done a much better job.

  • At 10:21 AM, Anonymous toang said…

    I like the movie, although not as much as his HK movies. Not because of acting though. WKW's movies are not about acting. They are about the mood/ feel. The main reason why a WKW fan like me does not like this movie that much is probably because it's a combination of all his previous movies. He did that in 2046, now in English. He's having his bottleneck. I like the last story about father and child relationship. It can be as intensed as lovers' relationship. The better version is, of course, in his earlier work. OK...I had enough share of say here ;P


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