In the Mood for Love ★★★★½

Not everyone's like you.

Rewatched since, if everything goes according to plan, I will be watching 2046 later tonight, something I'm really looking forward to. I wanted to re-familiarize myself with these characters and this style, plus it feels like it's been awhile since I've watched a Wong Kar-wai film, and I will take whatever flimsy excuse I can get to watch his stuff. This is a very light 9 for me on a rewatch, but even if if it is "light", on this revisit it really feels like I can't give it anything less. A truly gorgeous and touching experience. I believe Wong has tackled emotional intimacy and love in better films, yet the craft here remains undeniable. The incomparable cinematography of Christopher Doyle truly gets to shine, the colors pop like nothing else, and the music is used wonderfully, especially when you get those moments of the theme kicking in, and the world of the film begins to move in slow motion. I think I could watch Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung do anything, and it would be interesting. As actors, they capture this unique kind of intimacy where there is trepidation towards fully expressing their inner feelings, yet those feelings are impossible to ignore. About as simultaneously sad and beautiful as an ending can be.


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