In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love ★★★

“Order for me. I don’t know what your wife likes

I feel like I might have just not been in the mood for something like this film while I was watching, but I was never really “grabbed” by it per say. Which is a damn shame, because there’s a lot to love here, and I feel like a rewatch may be necessary for myself.

Presentation wise, this film is pretty solid. The cinematography and framing tends to always stay fresh, and the music (albeit overplayed) is quite elegant. I’m still not a fan of the scenes with lower frame rate stylistically, but it’s not that big of a detractor from what’s going on here. From what I’ve seen, Wong Kar-wai seems to love doing it for some reason, so I won’t take that away from him.

The story being told here is very strange and almost grim. This idea of knowing that your spouse is cheating on you, and how that knowledge affects your relationship and actions is played with a lot here. The set up portrayed here is extremely unique, and sets up some bitter-sweet moments between the two main protagonists. 

Again, I wish that this grabbed my attention more, but there were a lot of moments where I found myself getting distracted and just not getting into it. I think that might have to do with the slow pace and seemingly hopeless plot that the two main characters were stuck in. It’s a beautiful film for what it’s worth, and I think it’s worth at least a watch to see if you get more out of it than I did. And like I said, I’m open to a reviewing of this at some point as well.

Solid to Strong 6!

“The past was something he could see, but not touch

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