Simply the Worst: Wong Kar-wai's "My Blueberry Nights"

by robbiefreeling
September 20, 2011 3:32 AM
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When one thinks about the ascendance of Wong Kar-wai to the Olympus of international auteurism, a few aesthetic and narrative standbys come to mind: the groundbreaking utilization of the step-printing technique in order to capture the mazelike cartography of Hong Kong and its multilayered neighborhoods; the innovative deployment of various, multi-language soundscapes; affected voiceovers that dwell on the recurrent theme of unrequited love; the ephemerality of desire and the unbound connection between characters and their surrounding objects. In partnership with production designer and editor Edward Chang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Wong created throughout the nineties some of cinema’s most dramatically innovative and audiovisually challenging tours de force, evolving later on towards the metacinematic deconstruction of his own works with films like 2046.

What happens, then, when a globally celebrated auteur moves away from his native artistic environment and decides to work detached from the very cultural, linguistic, and topographic idiosyncrasies that have historically constituted his field of artistic intervention? Read the rest of Vicente Rodriguez-Ortega's entry in Reverse Shot's "Simply the Worst" symposium.

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  • Steven Flores | September 20, 2011 5:26 AMReply

    I've only seen 4 films of Wong Kar-Wai plus three shorts. This film is my least favorite so far because I feel like it's Kar-Wai just being derivative of himself.

    From the moment you see everything in half-frame speed, you know it's a WKW film but it doesn't have the same emotional impact of it. Plus, I found the story to be un-engaging and the filmmaking to be very un-natural and awkward. It's also a bit boring which is something I don't like to say about a WKW film. I hope he redeems himself with "The Grandmasters".