Sunday, 4 December 2005

In The Mood For Love

As a bit of a follow-up to my entry about how I obtained a copy of Wong Kar-Wai's In The Mood For Love on the cheap... a "Lewis" review (you know, where I don't review it but say how I liked it and attempt to convince you to borrow the DVD from me so you can enjoy it too).

Well, to begin with, I saw the sequel, 2046, about six months ago and was reasonably impressed with it, despite the "wtf?" feeling I had at the end. Maybe I'll give 2046 another go this evening, now that I know the background properly.

What impressed me most about ITMFL was the stunning cinematography... every scene was outstanding with Wong Kar-Wai's classic "neon colours". The film was shot in the mid-90s (I think) yet it maintains a feel in-line with the era the film is set in. Some of the most visually impressive scenes were those of copious amounts of cigarette smoke wafting towards the ceiling... really amazing stuff.

Once I managed to get to grips with the characters (which I found surprisingly difficult, much the same as with 2046) the story was equally excellent and runs something along the lines of (and this isn't a spoiler) "two people who suspect their partner of cheating on them meet up and fall in love". But it's better than that and makes for a really interesting film to watch.

So, that's the end of my "review". Hurry up and watch it.

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