I don't recommend watching this as a stand alone picture as I think one would find it hard to care about Tony Leung's character without knowing what took place in the previous film.
Put 2046 in the end of your Wong Kar Wai marathon. It isn't his best, but is great for fans who want to spent a little more time with a characters they came to love so dearly.
As they say in the film, 2046 is a place to recapture lost memories. Wai eloquently does this in 2046 and makes them feel fresh again.
The fragmentary shooting is like the story itself: life is a bunch of lost moments and memories, some of we try to hold and keep forever, and love, it end up being a college of idealizations and of what could have been.
"Love is all a matter of timing. It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late. If IŽd live in another time or place......my story might have had a very different ending".
Three movies came to my mind:
Chungking Express, for obvious reasons: Faye Wong and Tony Leung Chiu Wai costarting after ten years.
The Double Life of Veronique (or Kieslowski himself) for the stunning use of colors (specially the green and red) and for the "poetic" focus on gestures.
And Hirokazu KoreedaŽs After Life, where people can choose only one memory to take to eternity.
Vacuous and endlessly pretentious.
The idea of Chow's book running parralel to his life was also a little confusing at times but also proved to be an assit for me, as I understood Chow a lot better and ,certainly you're able to synpathise e a little with him.
The three leading ladies; Li Gong,Zhang Ziyi and Faye Wong were all very good but a bit under developed. Perhaps that was the case for Li Gong and Faye Wong, Zhang Ziyii seemed to be very childlike at times but was certainly the better out of the three.Tony Leung Chiu Wai was pretty good. I understood how he felt and what the affair meant to him in In the Mood For Love.
One of the best things in this film and from
" In the mood for love" is the brilliant soundtrack. It captures the emotion of the film and the atmosphere. I loved the slow motion at certain points, like a freeze frame in time- just brilliant
I recomend everyone to watch 2046 but watch In the Mood For Love first as you will be able to understand it a lot better.
[font=Century Gothic]"2046" is a stylish movie that starts off well but eventually gets bogged down in an ever deepening morass.(Wong Kar Wai should have had the audacity to make the entire film as science fiction.) Obsessive, Chow only pays attention to other women on his floor, thus giving the movie a particularly claustrophic feel. And themes of loneliness are hammered into the ground by the movie taking place over more than one holiday season. [/font]
Visually very strong. Cool camera angles, amazing sets, wonderful costume design.
I was able to enjoy this film with my right brain as I was taken in my its' beauty instead of over-analyzing the concept (as I often have a tendency to do!)