My Blueberry Nights (Wong Kar Wai, 2007)
A young lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.
Jude Law, Norah Jones, David Stathairn, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman
I am just twenty minutes into this, and have probably seen the best of it, so I'll pause to write this. The first twenty minutes mostly belong to Jude Law, who is an actor, with only occasional interruptions from non-actress Norah Jones, to remind us what acting is actually about. The real star, however, is Darius Khondji, my younger daughter's favourite cinematographer. It's not hard to see why she likes his work, which she first mentioned in the context of The English Patient. It makes this film look very special. ... It looks now as the focus is going to be on Norah Jones's character, until the film recovers, so I'd rather be writing this than watching it. ... I've just noticed, in the IMDb list, that Ry Cooder is responsible for the music - another excellent reason for paying attention, as I'm a life-long parrot-head (RC fan).
I'll watch some more now, but very reluctantly, as it's going to feature Norah Jones, who is in it because she's bankable because of who her father (Ravi Shankar) and mother (someone) are, and because she sings a bit, and plays the piano or something. The camera does not like her face, which is prognathous, and she's too confident, and she's telegraphing everything that's going to happen - because she's read the script: she's not discovering it as it goes along, as we should also be.
After that, it's episodic. There's the David Stathairn and Rachel Weisz story, and then the Natalie Portman story, and then we get back to the Jude Law story and our unphotogenic lead (non-)actress, and the last kissss. ... It's all quite unimportant, but has brilliant performances from the (real) actors I've mentioned, and the cinematography is to die for, and ... what a pity Wong had to cast Jones!
Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 31 March, 2017 | Now: 31 March, 2017