Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn.
Synopsis: A young and lonely woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.
Review: Elizabeth ( Norah Jones ) is heartbroken because her boy friend is into another woman. She uses this opportunity to find a new path in her life. She talks to a store owner named Jeremy ( Jude Law ) about her troubles while sharing a slice of blueberry pie and ice cream. She tries to confront her boyfriend by going to the subway to get to his apartment. There she gets mugged. She turns to her new found friend Jeremy for solace and then leaves to go find work as a waitress in the state of Tennessee. Arnie ( David Strathairn ) is a recovering alcoholic who still has feelings for his wife (separated) Sue Lynne ( Rachel Weisz ). He physically assaults his wife’s boyfriend and threatens to kill her if she leaves him. Sue Lynne is tired of her husbands drinking habits and wants a divorce. She longs for a new life. Leslie ( Natalie Portman ) is a gambling addict who just cant stop gambling and lies all of the time, while avoiding speaking with her father. That must be a terrible addiction to have.
One of my absolute favorites singers Norah Jones is in this film. She does an OK job at acting, but she needs more experience. Some of her acting performance in this film is some what lacking but competent enough across the board. Natalie Portman is great. She is much more convincing in this movie than Norah Jones. Natalie is one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood and her performance in Black Swan (2010) is superb. Queen Amildala in the Star Wars movies? Not so much. Rachel Weisz acting helps balance out this movie a lot. There are enough good actors in this film to make this movie work when some scenes are not so great.
The film focuses on the concept of causality and its place in human social interaction. When dealing with people who are highly social and highly vulnerable, what you say and how you say it can have a profound effect on that person. It has been said that human kind is a social animal and this film really shows it. Some people thrive off of social interaction and some people don’t. This movie is very interesting in how it layers the story with the lives of the characters and how their decisions effects each other. On the other hand, I really wish this movie was a little more deep so that there is more for me to write about but unfortunately we have some characters who just cant make up their minds about what it is they want in their life.
The cinematography is well above average. The lighting is superb. The backgrounds, set dressing, and wardrobe are perfect. The movie is a slow pace film. This film is more about a woman finding herself more than anything. Not an action film at all. The movie has a dark and gritty story line that is seriously rooted in realism and I’m not sure that is a good thing. People tend to watch movies to escape reality and this film puts reality right up in your face, especially when dealing with issues of sobriety, death, bad relationships, and divorce. The movie makes you feel like you may have wanted more from the story. The movie is a decent watch.
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