Monday, January 12, 2009

My Blueberry Nights (2008) PG13 - 3 Stars

A very simple story of love, finding yourself and moving on in relationships, be it love, friendships or family. How sometimes you have to leave your own skin, in order to find out that what you are searching for is right in front of you. The old spin at wanting something you didn't before but just realising it once it's gone. Produced in Hong Kong, it could have been a little more indept into each characters plight in order to understand them better but still worth a rental.

Elizabeth (Norah Jones) has just discovered the man she is in love with is with another woman. She seeks information from Jeremy (Jude Law) who owns a local dinner that her "ex" has visited with his new woman. Jeremy himself has given up on love as he has his own relationship woes. Blueberry pie sits proudly but unclaimed in the freezer cabinet and Lizzy decides to try a piece as to not let the pie feel alone as well. She discovers she likes it and it's worthy, just like she is. But she must find a way to mend her broken heart and abruptly leaves town after visiting the diner regularly. Jeremy finds he is missing her after she's left.

Lizzy buses her way across town, taking waitress and bar jobs to save up money to get her where she's going. Problem is she doesn't know where that is. Along the way she befriends people like Arnie Copeland (David Strathairn), a cop by day and a drunk by night a sweet man still in love with his wife Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz) though she feels trapped by him and does everything to get away. And then Leslie (Natalie Portman) a good looking gambler that thinks she can read everyone but can't seem to get in touch with herself. But the grass is not always greener on the other side and she returns to her love of Blueberry Pie with the man that's been waiting for her.

The Weinstein Company
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Writers: Lawrence Block, Wong Kar-Wai
Producers: Wong Kar-Wai, Wang Wei, Jacky Pang
I viewed 12/08