My Blueberry Nights (The Miriam Collection)
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`My Blueberry Nights' gets off to a sour start. In fact for the first twenty minutes or so absolutely nothing happens. We see Elizabeth, a frantic stalker-type ex-girlfriend going in and out of a bakery where she continues to ask the owner Jeremy if he has seen the man she was last in there with and they eat some pie and she watches some surveillance videos and cries and she gives him her keys to give to her ex and then she picks up and leaves town. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's not when you watch it. It's slow moving and rather vapid.
In fact the whole movie feels rather vapid.
There are a lot of critics who talk about Kar Wai Wong's infatuation with lovesickness, but I really didn't gather that here. I saw glimpses of it, sure, but overall the feeling I was left with was more empty than fulfilled.Read more ›
A New York Russian bakery/café is operated by immigrant Jeremy (Jude Law) and into this milieu comes the newly jilted Elizabeth (Norah Jones - who also provides much of he sound track singing for the film). She leaves her boyfriend's keys with Jeremy as a sign of resignation but continues to nightly check to see if her ex-boyfriend has shown up to claim them. This is the premise for the formation of a bond between Jeremy and Elizabeth, but without solidifying that bond, Elizabeth runs off to greener pastures. She settles in Tennessee where she finds work as both a waitress and a bar maid and meets the down and out alcoholic policeman Arlo (David Strathairn) who pines away for his tacky, gallivanting wife Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz). Leaving that story piece unresolved, Elizabeth then moves to Las Vegas where she becomes friends with a young, loser gambler Leslie (Natalie Portman) who manages to waste Elizabeth's savings for a car on yet another misjudged gambling night. Through this cavalcade of losers Elizabeth continues to write postcards to Jeremy and the ending is blatantly predictable.
There are some moments of memorable dialog: 'Sometimes, even if you have the keys those doors still can't be opened. Can they?Read more ›
Where the movie falters however is in its casting, of which some are excellent artists used in a middling unfortunate fashion. Jude Law and Natalie Portman are sensational actors but oddly cast in the drama. Their intensity is unique but too forceful for the narrative introspective layover. The graceful Norah Jones is very mediocre.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We had borrowed the movie from the library and want to gift it to a niece. Very enjoyable!Published 9 months ago by Doris M. Young
Interesting, but not great film. Worth watching once, if you're in the mood.Published 10 months ago by W. FRANKLIN
Extremely poor Blu-Ray transfer. Looks like a standard DVD picture. I was expecting a much better quality video--that's why I purchased Blu-Ray instead of standard DVD.Published 11 months ago by Doctor Z
I had high hopes for this, so maybe that is why I was let down. I don't usually like these sorts of movies but I like Norah Jones.Published 16 months ago by Bob Broussard