Tuesday, May 31, 2016

948. Dut yeung nin wa

Dut yeung nin wa
In the Mood for Love
Directed by Wong Kar-wai

This is the last Wong Kar-wai film on The List so his last chance to impress me.  I am sure he is waiting for this review with bated breath.  Well, sorry Wong, but I am still left thinking your movies are only so-so.

Basically, two neighbors, Chow and Su, form a strong (but platonic) relationship after both suspect their respective spouses of cheating with each other.  Soon their friendship evolves into something more, but they are hesitant to act on their feelings, as they do not want to stoop to their spouses' level.

This is the best of the movies that Wong Kar-wai has to offer on this List, but something about it was still lacking.  The characters are a bit off center but the film seems reluctant to apply the same eccentricities to other aspects of the production.  I thought the odd nature of the characters' actions was the only memorable thing about this film.

Anyway, a short review because my Tylenol PM is kicking in.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Maggie Cheung's hair and make up took five hours a day to apply.

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