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Jimski
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or how Wong Kar Wai lost the plot.

What the fuck was that? It had the woozy feel of a Wong Kar Wai film, but otherwise it was complete bollocks. Bland bland Norah Jones travels about, meets a few annoying and/or uninteresting people, and it's presented as a lesson in life and love.

His previous films have given emotional depth through the simplest touches. This one gives no depth at all despite piling on the bullshit.

Ugh.

[ 24.02.2008, 08:58: Message edited by: Jimski ]

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Agree 100%, Jimski. Sorry, I saw this is France a few months ago so I should've warned you. His worst film by miles; I was absolutely stunned by how bad it was. Didn't know who I thought was th most idiotic and cliched - Natalie Portman's tart with a heart/Jude Law's mumbo-jumbo new age wisdom-spewing Brit/Rachel Weitz's...ah, I can't be arsed to go on - they were all rubbish. Dreadful stuff from a brilliant director.
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I'm watching this tomorrow morning. I'm quite looking forward to it now.
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Well I'm 15 minutes in and my first thought is that it's just like Match Point. Familiar well loved director, unfamiliar territory; a weird mix of the comfort in the style that makes me want to keep watching, and a real sense of the utter, utter wrongness of the whole concept.

I do however love and adore Cat Power and it seems The Greatest is going to be this film's California Dreaming which is fine by me, except that I've never been able to work out the lyrics, and now I have to.

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Cat Power - 'The Greatest' and the cameo by Cat Power herself - were the film's only plus points. The rest of it was like Wong Kar Wai had been forced to direct a student script.

Did you make it to the end, lyra?

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I had to, I was watching it for work.

Yeah it was OK. Wong-lite I suppose. I found both Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman annoying, and didn't care about their stories at all. Wong would never ever have had that kiss at the end, normally, I was saddened a bit by that.

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Also, Norah is fabulously beautiful and I always like watching women with truly beautiful faces like that.
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Hmmm. Cat Power is fabulously beautiful. Nora's a bit bland-looking. If that was Wong-lite, put me down as a Wong-heavy fan.
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Chan is really lovely too, for sure.

Thing about Wong for me is that he's absolutely romantic and he deals with the unspoken. And I think making it spoken makes the magic disappear.

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True. Especially when the spoken is so clunky and cliche-ridden. Some of Jude Law's lines were really terrible.
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And the accent! Oh dear.
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