In My Blueberry Nights we meet Elizabeth, played by Norah Jones, who is suffering from heartbreak after she has discovered her boyfriend has cheated on her. She finds solace in the small New York City diner where she learned of her ex’s indescresions and soon after gets to know the guy behind the counter Jeremy, played by Jude Law, and his blueberry pie. At the diner she finds comfort, but it’s memories soon become too great and she decides to leave New York. She ends up in Memphis working at a diner and bartending at night then it’s a off to Vegas all the while sending postcards to Jeremy. Along her journey she meets plenty of characters who help her grow and understand the bigger picture: you can’t runaway forever especially when what you need has been there all along.
AN ARTSY FILM ABOUT A BUNCH OF CRYBABIES.
With his first English language production former Asian golden boy Wong Kar Wai proves that his winning blend of visual poetry and off-kilter romance does not translate well when placed in the American heartland, in fact it falls flat on virtually every level. After discovering the love of her life has been cheating on her, brokenhearted Lizzie (a painfully green Norah Jones) seeks refuge in a Manhattan cafe where the British proprietor Jeremy (Jude Law served up à la chick flick) offers sage advice and all the blueberry pie she can eat—apparently none of his customers ever order it. “It’s not the pie’s fault…” he drawls knowingly, “…it’s just that people make other choices.” Gee, isn’t life just like that?! Jeremy also enjoys pondering his security cam footage (“I’m amazed at all the things I miss during the day!”) and collecting discarded keys left behind by jilted lovers—including his own ex. Emboldened by all that rejected pie, Lizzie strikes out on a road trip in order to forget her problems only to learn a couple of valuable life lessons from two polar opposites: a heartbroken alcoholic policeman who loves too much; and a cynical career gambler who’s forgotten how. Despite some notable Hollywood names and his usual flair for studying faces and urban landscapes, Wong’s colour-drenched lesson on being true to oneself contains too many self-conscious tropes and contrived monologues to garner much credibility. Images of speeding subways and Vegas neon come across as so much artifice while the stilted ruminations on life and love sound as if they just popped out of a fresh baked fortune cookie. Even Natalie Portman’s standout performance as a hard-nosed poker player with father issues barely lifts this one above syrupy fluff. Wong’s keen sense of style excels when working within familiar milieux, he should leave bad American films to American directors.
Wouldn't recommend because this is a SHORT EDITION of the film. The first chapter of the original film took like 7 min but this version only took like 2.
I watched this because I like Jude Law but wow, what a stinker. A bomb. Ka-plooey. If you like Jude and his receding hairline I recommend the following: Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Closer and I Heart Huckabees.
A wacky ride of love, opportunity and finding one's self, but who hasn't taken that road trip (not necessarily with positive results)
A complete joke of a movie. Might be fun to see if you've got an irreverent jokester inclined group of cinephile friends to watch it with. Some movies are a combination, one of the more common examples being a movie that is both a drama and a comedy. My Blueberry Nights is both a parody of a Wong Kar Wai movie and a made for cheap extended music video made for the purpose of being a bonus feature on the second disc of the deluxe edition of Norah Jones' latest album.
I found this one a little forced. Norah Jones did pretty well for a singer who's acting, Natalie Portman and Jude Law acted well for the characters they were given, but on the whole I felt like the director could have spent the time used on "artsy" camera work and editing on fleshing out the characters a little more. Still, it was entertaining enough, and I'm not irate at having spent the time on it. It's worth catching if you want something visually interesting and can't find anything else that calls to you.
So much for a good cast...
Forced. Boring. Slow. Terrible casting with the exception of Natalie Portman who is the only entertaining aspect of this film.
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