Jake Moran’s review published on Letterboxd:
It is my opinion that Wong Kar-Wai is one of the greatest directors to be making movies right now. His masterpiece In the Mood for Love is easily the finest piece of cinema that the world has received from Hong Kong, and each of his films have a distinct mood that is enhanced by their atypical narrative structure and incredibly innovative camerawork.
And that right there is what this film is all about to me: a mood.
2046 explores themes similar to Wong's Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love, but continues to explore the effects of time on relationships and the difficulty of connecting with others in different ways. In a single shot, Wong is able to tell us exactly how his characters are thinking and how they feel about what has just happened to them. And that is something special.
The narrative itself is difficult to follow.But that doesn't hinder the audience from appreciating the experience at all. Though we might be confused as to what is happening, we are never in doubt as to what the characters are FEELING. And in the end, that is infinitely more important.
I find it rather difficult for me to critique Wong Kar-Wai's films because I idolize him so much and also his methods of storytelling defy the conventions of modern cinema, so I really don't have many intelligent things to say about this film. I just know that it is a very special work of art, and anyone that has seen it will know what I'm talking about.