Essential cinema. Has the melancholy of desire and 'days gone by' ever been captured as beautifully? Wong's film is the perfect example of the marriage between exceptional editing (William Chang) and daring exquisite cinematography (Christopher Doyle). Sublime performances, remarkable artistry, moving score and such a gorgeous wardrobe. This is an elegy for love.
Exquisite. I love the way Maggie Cheung's dresses are used to convey the passage of time. The classic tight-fitting cheongsam symbolizes the intricate, understated emotions we encounter throughout the film. I was also struck by the motif of eating alone, and the melancholy feelings conjured up by the terrific soundtrack.
Almost feels like a mystery film, where the characters are in search for specific moments, in an ocean of countless others. When were they betrayed, when did they realise it, when did they themselves fall in love. One of my favorite element is how she instantly notices her boss' new tie, yet she only realizes her husband's change of interest until it's too late. It's as if to say, the eyes are quicker than the heart.
Wong Kar-Wai must be the most stupid director alive. If one was to ask him how would he shoot love, he'd answer: "With slow motions, arbitrary camera movements and a nice, corny photoraphy." And that's what "In the Mood for Love" is: a hideous soap opera, badly disguised as cinema. People must be blind or stupid to like this piece of shit. Or maybe they just enjoy watching well-dressed asiatics.
I like to think we all have a little bit of these characters in us. A perfect film, rarely have I been so moved. Revisiting it tonight was a real treat, I've always thought of Wong Kar Wai's cinema as somewhat like stylised Naruse, and here that us brought about fully. His most mature, painful, passionate, beautiful, human and poetic work.
I was in the mood for a good film, but I saw this instead. Masterful my pants! Not to be mentioned in the same breath as the great Max Ophüls! 4.3 useless points for this lazily made, near-vacuous, easy-watching crud beloved by the cine-neophytes and hipster-pseuds. Like that other "World Cinema" (whatevs) borefest AMELIE. Plus Nat "Kinky" Cole's "Spanish" is LAUGHABLE!! Wonka-WHY? is a very overrated director.
A cinematically gorgeous waltz. Atmosphere was superb, the score was sublime, the sets, the costumes, the actors! Although, that being said, I was so busy feasting my eyes upon the beauty, I was a bit distracted from the story. I'll surely see it again, and delve into it deeper.