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28 April 2008 @ 09:52 am
My Blueberry Nights  
Saturday, I went to see My Blueberry Nights, the English-language debut by the acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love and 2046). It was also the acting debut for musician Norah Jones, although I'm not positive you could call what she was doing acting. She wasn't a bad actress, but she didn't convey emotions the way you normally except the main character in a film too. I heard somewhere that Wong Kar-wai wrote the role for Jones and insisted that she play it because he was so fascinated with her. I like her music just fine, but his affection for her did not rub off on me.

Jones plays Elizabeth, a broken-hearted New Yorker who sets off to escape her past, staying in a few cities just long enough to witness other people's dramas unfolding. Jones's lackluster acting left her largely overshadowed by the lively perfomances of her co-stars: a typically charming Jude Law, a heart-wrenching David Strathairn, a slightly overacting Natalie Portman, and a marvelous, almost unrecognizable Rachel Weisz. Chan "Cat Power" Marshall also has a brief cameo.

Listening to: A Girl Called Eddy - "Golden"
xterminal on April 28th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
a slightly overacting Natalie Portman

Isn't that kind of redundant?

(Though I must say I was very impressed with her in the second half of Goya's Ghosts, which I saw this weekend.)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on April 28th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Heh... yeah, that's probably true. Although I saw her in some in-flight movie about a toy store where she was so subdued and boring that I wondered if she even knew the camera were rolling.
Blakehaze on April 28th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
The immense number of slow motion scenes in that movie annoyed me to no end. Some people say it provided an artsy feel but I don't agree with that at all.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on April 28th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I remember him doing that stuff in other films but it bothered me more here for some reason.
The Mud Puppy: Exposedmudpuppy83 on April 28th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I want to see this film, although Wong Kar Wai is rather hit or miss with me. My wife and I absolutely loved In The Mood For Love (we'd have already bought it, but we don't really have the money to fork over for the Criterion edition) and 2046 was great as well.

Yet we were both really disappointed by Chungking Express.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on April 28th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Ha, in that case, maybe I should remove Chungking Express from my Netflix queue...
ghibli_geek on April 28th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
You should keep it in, if only for the adorable Faye Wong. I think you'll like her.
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on April 28th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
You might like it, it's not awful, but it's very different in tone and structure.

I also hope you like "Callifornia dreamin'" by The Mommas and the Poppas cuz you'll be hearing it a lot.
Pallaspallasathene8 on April 28th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
I agree that is not very good. I loved In the Mood for Love and 2046 and quite liked Days of Being Wild, but Chungking Express was meh. Everyone did such artificial, contrived things that they weren't anything like real people. And it was very forgettable. And not cinematically stunning like his more recent ones.
(Anonymous) on April 28th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I still remember being so dazzled by portman in The Professional. It just seems to me that even though she's making decent choices in her film roles, her promise never really developed as I expected it would. I'll accept that she's intelligent and hard-working, but there's just something so...flat about her, still. I dunno. Maybe if she didn't have such a little-girl voice.
gloompixie on April 28th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I have been curious about this movie.
But I've heard mixed reviews. Is it worth seeing?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: meditatingassmonkeydiary on April 30th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I have been curious about this movie.
I guess it depends on how curious you are. I liked it, but not enough to recommend it to anyone. It's an ok film that deserves the mixed reviews its getting.
ext_93187 on April 29th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
All in all, how could we forget about the blueberry kiss?