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My Blueberry Nights
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07.16.2008 By: Sturdy
My Blueberry Nights order
Director:
Wong Kar Wai

Actors:
Norah Jones
Jude Law
Natalie Portman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Distraught from discovering her boyfriend was cheating on her, a woman frequents a local cafť and befriends the owner. Not content with staying in the same city, she sets out on a journey across America to grow up and discover her self with the help of a few interesting strangers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS was painful for me to watch. Not because it was a bad movie (although it was) but because Iím such a huge Wong Kar Wai fan. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE and 2046 were two fantastic films with a beautiful story, beautiful characters, amazing cinematography and outstanding directing. So even though I was excited to see what he would do with his first American film, I was afraid he was going to succumb to the Hollywood way of doing things.

Unfortunately, my worst fears were realized with MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS. This isnít IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE or 2046, no, far from it. Itís a half-hearted, mess of a film that lacked a point or a decent structure. We follow Norah Jonesí character as she encounters these strangers, but their metaphors for loss and love are shown so quickly that any hope of finding deeper meaning was probably left on the cutting room floor. We race through her evolution as a person like a sprinter trying to qualify for the Olympics.

Norah Jonesí performance reminded me of a number one draft pick quarterback starting the first game of his rookie season. You can see the talent there, but theyíre just not ready for the responsibility. For her first film role, Ms. Jones should have picked a smaller, easier role than this. She canít carry her own film (yet) and the film struggled mightily when the camera was focused on her. It didnít help matters that everyone else in the film acted circles around her. Unfortunately, all of her costars were severely underused.

After the end credits rolled, I wanted someone to blame for what I had just seen. How could one of the most talented drama/love story directors go from 2046 to this? Maybe it was the Hollywood system, maybe it was the casting choices, or maybe Wong Kar Wai was just having a bad few months during shooting. Whatever it was, I hope he gets back on track and can put this behind him.
THE EXTRAS
Making My Blueberry Nights (15:53): This is pretty much your typical making-of piece. However, I did find it interesting that Norah Jones signed on to star in the film roughly 8 months before there was even a script. Thatís strange for someone making their feature film debut. Other than that, the information was pretty standard.

Q&A with Wong Kar Wai (18:30): Wong Kar Wai is a fascinating person and this Q&A is well worth a watch if youíre a fan of his. He doesnít talk much about the film, but talks about movies in general and even hits on some other topics. However, this made me want a commentary that much more.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím sure many of Wong Kar Waiís fans will be disappointed with this film. However, I hope that new fans not familiar with his work will ignore this and check out some of his other films. This is not the film he should be judged on.
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