𝕎𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕞 (𝕃𝕖𝕠) 𝕧𝕒𝕟 𝕕𝕖𝕣 ℤ𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕟’s review published on Letterboxd:
Trilogy Day #3(.5) - Wong Kar-Wai's Informal Trilogy
I have difficulty liking 2046. At once it feels like a very energetic film, with elements from Chungking Express, Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love, but because of this it often feels to packed, to full of itself and all in all a bit chaotic.
The stories are still very interesting and give even more different looks on these fleeting feelings of love in these often very cramped spaces and dizzying settings. Especially the sci-fi-storyline that behaves like a metaphor for the main characters life is very intriguing, even though I think it's the least fitting regarding the rest of the film or Wong Kar-Wai's filmography in general. But what is probably the biggest problem with 2046's plot is that, because of this abundance of stories, it's very hard to really connect with all these characters. Our main character is already a bit of a snob and he thus doesn't really feel that memorable to begin with, but the many different women around him often appear to be more like fast sketches of characters with very caricatural behavior than actual fleshed out characters with understandable emotions and relatable stories.
In the end it's all still very well shot (kudos to Christopher Doyle), directed and especially acted, I doubt if Kar-Wai ever fails in those departments, but the writing is just a bit of. I'd rather have the repetitive nature of In the Mood for Love or the minimalistic, slow moving scenes of Days of Being Wild than this rather chaotic bundle of emotions.
A bit disappointing in comparison to the first two parts of the trilogy but still nowhere near a bad film.
Added to: Wong Kar-wai Ranked
P.S.: I know I'm a bit late with this one, like.... a day late, but for some inexplicable reason I had to get drunk with my friends and enjoy some döner. Ah.... you can't live without döner!