My Blueberry Nights: Film Review

Posted: April 20, 2013 in Film
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From the legendary Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai (Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love) comes this hypnotic, mesmerizing, romantic drama set in, well, in America. Most of the time Hollywood adapts great Asian movies from Hong Kong and Korean cinemas and remake it to be appealing for the American and global audiences (i.e. The Departed, Lake House, and the Ring). But on 2007 Wong Kar Wai did something that looks a lot like a poker game: betting his reputation, his talents, his vision  and his money and everything on the line. That something has a title: “My Blueberry Nights” Here’s the film’s synopsis from Jason Buchanan:

“Legendary filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai directs Jude LawNatalie PortmanRachel Weisz, and Norah Jones in his first English-language feature film — a romantic road movie detailing the cross-country journey of a woman who sets off across the United States in hopes of mending her broken heart. Elizabeth (Jones) has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she’s ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of waitress jobs along the way. As Elizabeth crosses paths with a series of lost souls whose yearnings are even greater than her own — including a troubled cop (David Strathairn), his estranged wife (Rachel Weisz), and an embittered gambler (Natalie Portman) — their emotional turmoil ultimately helps her gain a greater understanding of her own problems.


It’s a bit odd but trust me “My Blueberry Nights” is an Asianized Hollywood film and it’s absolutely beautiful!  The film is  visually stunning with stylish cinematography and a killer drama that is not that big but something that dig deeps into the soul. I have to cut my movie viewing in three halves to really analyze the scenes and feel the emotions out there (ok because Dad’s been watching the Boston Marathons suspects manhunt on our 42′ HDTV). But the story pretty much set it’s tone right early on the first few minutes, it gripped the audience telling us this is a special kind of movie so please keep calm and stay awake. he movie obviously relies on the stylish visuals to have some sort of a bait for the movie goers to hold on to as the movie reveals its true message of finding one’s self even in the blackest nights over a piece of blueberry pies, or because of the memories of it.

Like a true Wang Kor Wai film, it offers mundane scenes taken out of the life for us to observe and feel for those characters as they develops. Simplicity sometimes are the best picture to see. And by the way, this a road film shows us that running away is also a way of finding ourselves because we remember where we came from and the people hold dear back there. But also remember road films is about meeting new people along the way who teaches us lessons about life and about You. And I think My Blueberry Night completely achieved it. MBN is probably one of the most romantic and simplest love story I have ever seen. I can’t really believe how good Norah Jones (that famous jazz singer)  was in this film given the fact this is also her debut in acting. Jude Law is a good pair for her putting up a subtle and charming persona in his character. Why does it have to be so fun to watch those lost souls find their happiness?

“Sometimes we depend on other people as a mirror to define us and tell us who we are and each reflection makes me like myself a little more.” – Elizabeth.

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Asian romance stories are really quite different from American ones.

  2. renxkyoko says:

    Well, it’s a korean romance hana Yori Dango…. I like the story and it’s from a manga, but the acting here is terrible.

    • Lapiskamay says:

      whoa! i love that too. 🙂 there has been numerous adaptations of the source material of HYD. i think there’s a japanese anime, a japanese TV series, the latest korean tv series, and the biggest hit the Taiwanese “Meteor Garden” tv series that was a blockbuster hit here in the philippines in 2003! (wait that was 10 years ago now???)

  3. I also recommend watching Fallen Angels . . . Good movie by Wong Kar Wai

    • Lapiskamay says:

      Thanks for the recommendation! I will watch Fallen Angels soon, i think i fell asleep with WKW’s In the Mood For Love (but Maggies was drop dead gorgeous out there! <3).
      ..something Norah Jones did to my heart. Oh I love her suddenly! hahhaa

      • However, I heard that Norah Jones’ acting is not great in Blueberry Nights. I did not like in the Mood for Love as well…however, I love the soundtrack to that movie. Other than Fallen Angels I recommend “Days of Being Wild”– there are even some scenes that take place in the PI in the movie!

      • Lapiskamay says:

        I think Norah Jones is just as lovely and as good as she was supposed to act like, i’m not particular with her acting but i think it was a good gig of hers! I have also heard of that Days of Being Wild i think Andy Lau was there, i might check it out. 🙂

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