Just finished up Wong Kar-Wai’s latest “2046”… I really wasn’t prepared to see this movie so soon, its like Christmas early, when I got my dvd for it in the mail. The bad news on the DVD is whatever HK distributor released it, definitely rushed it out the door… so I’m really looking forward to a release where I can fully experience the movie visually (as here the picture is faded). Sound is good quality though.
2046 is a bold movie. The visuals, combined w/ the narrative, editing, music, acting, cinematography - all working in perfect harmony… will blow you away… the movie shows an even more assured and experimental Wong Kar-Wai, taking you the viewer on a journey of lost love that only he could deliver in such riveting fashion. I had read some reviews of the movie being way too confusing and hard to add up… with its narrative jumping back between the mid to late 1960’s and the year 2046… but trully I found the movie very easy to follow and it definitely adds up (which adds up in a way whereby it doesn’t over explain itself, but if your paying attention some scenes play much much more powerful when and once you connect the dots).
Visually the movie is like a silent film from the future… the framing, color palette, opticals, editing, lighting, different speeds… all combines to make this one of the most visually captivating movies ever to grace a movie screen.
The movie marks a progression for Wong Kar-Wai… is like a climax of all his other movies… yet perhaps his most sobering and daring look at love than his others… the scenes from the year 2046 in the movie are trully ahead of their time, and will offer a dazzling eyepopping visual tour de force, yet completely at the same time probably seperating it light years from any comparable movie on love… in a way that can make or break the movie for someone… since these sequences in a way are so uncommercial, they might come across as overtly pretentious or for others like me its completely daring helps me become even more immersed in the narrative. One
I had huge expectations for 2046… and the movie far exceeded what I thought it could possibly be. The movie feels quite disjointed for a good portion of its 2 hour running time, but thankfully in its final acts the movie strikingly in nonoverxplained fashion comes together for those that have paid attention, it really ultimately only adds up and can fully be enjoyed once you get it… which may require two or more viewings.
The score and use of music is lush and perfect.
Gong Li is great as always, as is Tony Leung. Faye Wong was a bit more stoic and somber here… and the real standout and my favorite performance of any actress this year is of Zhang Ziyi, not only is she filmed beautifully, but her performance here is captured perfectly… I trully hope she is recognized and lauded… I rarely see performances this enchanting, sad and vivid in a movie.
2046 is easily my second favorite movie of 2004, only behind “Oldboy.” 2046 is a very passionate and somber look at lost love… its not commercial, yet its daring to capture and display its own heart, makes it even more universal and void of artificial characters yearning… here we see and feel characters finding and losing love in only a way Wong Kar-Wai can capture, reeling us in… far beyond the usual way a movie can connect to us, 2046 will haunt and stir our memories and enrich our pursuit of love for some time to come… far more than just a movie to solely entertain.