From the internationally acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking Express) comes another lyrical and romantic masterpiece about love and memories, as the story moves between past and present, reality and fiction.
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You need to have serious cajones (or not a care in the world) to follow up a flawless jewel like IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE w/ something that forcefully draws attention back to that flawless jewel. 2046 was a colossal gamble, and because Wong is grappling w/ more here than he could ever be expected to express in words, it is a bit of a mess. But the gamble was nonetheless worth it. Ultimately this is a work of great power.
Incredibly stunning both in terms of cinematography and story-telling. This is a beautiful movie to look at. It's hard to manage more than a couple of plots and sub-plots but Kar-Wai manages to do so very successfully and - as far as I'm concerned - masters that ability.
Terrific movie not only as a follow-up to "In the Mood for Love" but in its own right as well. Needless to say that I loved it.
In the Mood for Love is PERHAPS the most romantic film ever, but 2046 is UNDENIABLY the sexiest film ever and, IMO, a superior film. It's loose and almost episodic nature reminds me of Truffaut's Stolen Kisses. In many ways, I feel like Kar-Wai is making the films I wish Malick's were like as his similar use of narration, lack of 3 act structure and elliptical editing is simply much better implemented here.
Made me realize what WKW was saying when he talked about how deceiving Leung's character was in "In the Mood For Love," which continues here. More than anything I felt like this was a revealing of how he really was as a character and represented more of a hedonistic darkness to his character.
Every now and again it's nice to watch this, just to wash the shit out of your brain. If you do not understand Canto, Mando or Japo sometimes it's a good idea to watch it with no subtitles. To get the best experience from this film don't try and follow it!
A visual treasure that at times can confuse the mind with its shifting storyline. Nonetheless a beautiful film to look at. Tony Leung always delivers and an odd companion piece to "in the mood for love". The score for this film is also a delight.
one of the best films i have seen. the shots are perfect, with their lighting, their movement, every frame is a piece of art. the acting is fantastic yet again, with the links between other films brilliant interwined. the film is occupied with the ideas of the movements upon which love hinges. the concept of lost love and its after-effect are seen throughout. this is wong kar wai's masterpiece.
The more I think about this film, the more I adore it. Give yourself a space of around five minutes to really think about what you just saw after you finish it and I guarantee you'll start to marvel at the poignancy and ambition of the film.