My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights

On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Running Time: 
93 minutes

Norah Jones has quite the singing voice. She has also appeared on the big screen, with her first major role being, My Blueberry Nights; a story about love and finding that one special person. Jeremy (Jude Law) owns a small café in New York where he bears witness to couples coming in and out, sometimes separately. He has a bowl full of keys to prove it. One night, Elizabeth (Norah Jones) comes in looking for information, eventually finding out that her boyfriend has been seeing someone else. She ends up becoming a regular and she and Jeremy become close. One day she decides to leave, traveling through Tennessee and Nevada. She finds Arnie (David Strathairn), a policeman by day and drunk by night, who has the same broken heart as her. Just outside of Vegas, she runs into Leslie (Natalie Portman), a gambler who teaches her the ins and outs of reading people and trust. Through these characters, Elizabeth discovers who she is and how to move on in her life.

At its heart, My Blueberry Nights is a love story. Wong Kar-Wai’s directing style is suburb. The film is visually stunning with the vibrant lights and the emotion. The acting was great as well. I enjoyed Jeremy’s character the most and Norah Jones shows that she can both sing and act. I felt as if there was a connection between the characters and I. You are drawn into the story and are curious as to how her journey will end. I enjoyed the dialogue as well. I found many little antidotes that describe life perfectly; such as Jeremy’s description of the blueberry pie. After watching the film, it actually made me think about my own life, something films rarely make me do.

The only fault I can find is that some parts drag on for too long. Some scenes could have been cut down and I was not impressed at all by Natalie Portman’s performance. Her character wasn’t at all convincing and while the story was decent, I became bored with the scene. There are a few special features included on the DVD. There is a making of the film as well as a Q&A with Kar-Wai. Both are somewhat interesting and provide you with more information on his direction with the film as well as casting the characters, etc. Overall, I was deeply impressed with My Blueberry Nights. Both the story and acting were excellent. This is one film that I highly recommend seeing.

Matt Rodriguez
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