On the sofa: My Blueberry Nights

I managed to see Wong Kar Wai’s My Blueberry Nights at the beginning of the year in Hong Kong. The film is an entertaining non-linear tale of love lost and a journey of self-identity in the US. The film visits familar ground for the director, (all be it in a very different geographic location) and the plot echoes Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love.

Wong Kar Wai manages to get good performances out of Jude Law and Norah Jones.

The photography apes, but does not surpass Christopher Doyle’s earlier work with Wong Kar Wai.  In the end the only real disappointment is the venues themselves, New York and what I think is Memphis come a shoddy second to past locations that Wong Kar Wai has used like the grimey 15-storey fire-trap Chungking Mansions in TST or the Hong Kong Central District post office with is atmospheric rows of lock boxes.Despite its size Hong Kong makes the best of America look flat and uninteresting.

In summary I would recommend giving the film a chance regardless of whether or not you are a Wong Kar Wai fan like me.

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