2046 ★★★★

The art direction of 2046 is sublime – the best collaboration between Wong Kar-wai and William Chang Suk-ping – and worth the viewing experience alone. The rest, unfortunately, doesn't live up to that. 2046 is a sprawling epic that features a wide array of emotions but never digs deep. Its attempt at connecting the dots between its predecessors (and itself) is a noble one, but sacrifices what makes the "informal trilogy" great – the informal, muddled, up-to-interpretation relationship between the entries. Its emotional invitation relies on the viewer's knowledge of its predecessors. While the viewer might feel sympathy for Chow Mo-wan, it is his journey throughout the three films, not his part in 2046, that triggers such a response.

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