Nathan’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Everyone who goes to 2046 has the same intention, they want to recapture lost memories. Because in 2046 nothing ever changes. But, nobody knows if that is true or not because no-one has ever come back."
2046 is a very visually stunning film, with a complex and intriguing story line that will leave you thinking about it for days. Although I can't say for certain what the major themes of the film are, as 2046 is one film that requires re-watches to begin to deconstruct and understand more ideas about what it is about; I can say that I was completely blown away by almost everything about the film. Kar Wai Wong's use of score, visuals, and colours are brilliant.
It's particularly notable regarding his use of framing. Characters faces are almost always half covered during dialogue and frequently they are framed shoulders down during other non dialogue scenes. It's interesting that this is the case because it seems to contrast the emotional side of the story by then not allowing the audience to see any sort of emotion in the characters faces. As well, it also seems as if this was intentional when this framing was used with the main character, Mr Chow as he is portrayed as someone emotionally detached in his newer relationships, which is then mirrored by Wong's framing.
Another great visual was Kar Wai Wong's use of colour. Never in any film have I seen so many vibrant colours in a scene that are used tastefully and well. I'm not suggesting 2046 looked like a tie dye shirt or anything, but in almost every scene he seems to try and include some sort of bright colour. This is especially evident on the train, and his use of red. Although I can't say for certain what this might have represented, I feel I might pick up on it after a re-watch.
Thirdly was Wong's fantastic use of score by Umebayashi. The music seemed to carry me on through the film and I hardly noticed it was over 2 hours.
Overall, Kar Wai Wong does an excellent job of telling a great story with spectacular visuals. I look forward to seeing his other work.