2046 ★★★★★

Got my second chance to watch this this week and really absorb it and LEMME TELL YA. Absolutely mystified by every single second of it. A definite new favourite of mine in Wong Kar-Wai’s filmography and honestly in general as well. I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful this film is. I’d be foolish to even try.

All I will comment on is the cinematography and the fact that the parts that take place within Chow’s world of 2046 are some of the most unique futuristic sequences I’ve ever seen. This film won’t feel like a classic Wong Kar-Wai film if you’re enamoured with Christopher Doyle’s cinematography. I read somewhere that this film took incredibly long to shoot due to the SARS outbreak in 2003 and a few other issues and Doyle had to move onto another project, so it’s an assemblage of a few different cinematographers. You can tell when it’s Doyle, though. I like that it feels new and the work that clearly isn’t Doyle’s is still absolutely stunning. The futuristic sequences feel like 2001 and Solaris, but at the same time are completely standalone next to the portrayals in those films. I have no idea how he managed to reinvent that aesthetic and be fresh and exciting about it (yes I do, he’s Wong Kar-Wai...) Typically I’m not all that enthused about futuristic depictions or space station films, but I can’t tell you the fucking goosebumps I get thinking about how the 2046 universe looks. Plus, how effortlessly it manages to blend with and flow in and out of the sections of the film’s reality — which is set a few years after In the Mood for Love — is so genius. I don’t know how they call this an unnofficial sequel — it’s without a doubt a sequel and ties the knot on the story. I won’t ruin how. Go watch to find out.

I wonder what it’s like to be a filmmaker like Wong Kar-Wai and to go about the day knowing how many masterpieces you’ve created in your career and how profound of an influence you’ve had on the history of cinema. If there is a god, he’s Chinese and wears dark tinted glasses! 🇨🇳

Also, who likes Tony Leung more with a mustache?