Maybe I’m just crazy, but I didn’t fall head over heels for Kar-Wai Wong’s In the Mood for Love, but on the contrary, did modestly appreciate the avant-garde shrewdness of it all. My brain is completely fried after watching it—and I’m auspiciously shaping that statement into more so of a compliment.
In the Mood for Love hinges on an uncustomarily portrayed, quote on quote, “love story” that is contextually disfigured which makes for a materially interpretable affair. On top of that, the main theme song and color-mingling cinematography are priceless in class. “Weirdly intuitive” is the most orthodox phrase I can use to describe this arthouse jewel.
I’m sure like Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, this movie will only continue to grow on me and become more comprehensible in my mind as time ticks along. We’ll just have to wait and see.
“In the Mood for Love” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.