Alex Gidley’s review published on Letterboxd:
Love is the hardest emotion to portray in movies successfully as, if you don't believe in the connection the leads characters share, your entire movie crumbles to pieces and becomes extremely difficult to stick back together.
Wong Kar-Wai's incredibly intimate and passionate love story In the Mood for Love could have easily have become a movie about a relationship formed through hate and malice towards their respective spouses who have been cheating with on our main characters with each other. Instead, it's a story about two souls who have been emotionally hurt beyond measure, coming together to, not, for lack of a better term, "get revenge", but instead to come to terms with why their spouses would hurt them in such a way and end up falling in love with each other through personality and not heated sexual encounters.
It's a beautifully moving story about a friendship that becomes so much more and, while isn't my favourite love story in film (that still goes to Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive), I can say it is one of the best romances ever put to celluloid.