'My Blueberry Nights'
(Jude Law, Norah Jones, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2007) 2008 / Weinstein Company)
Overview: Law plays a big-hearted owner of a small New York diner who tries to soothe Jones' jilted heart with his blueberry pie. But only after going on a year-long cross-country odyssey does she realize love was right at her doorstep all along.
DVD Verdict: 'My Blueberry Nights' had a lot of potential, a great cast, a hot director and a hot young singer who is making her film debut. So what could go wrong with all of this potential? Everything. First and foremost, The major problem this film has is its script, which is just full of clichés and awful dialog. None of the characters feel real and their stories are not very interesting at all except for the story involving the characters played by Rachel Weisz and David Strathaim which is only interesting because you have two of the best actors working today trying hard to bring meaning to their roles and almost succeeding but with how unfocused the script is, they both only manage to make you think on how better this film would have been with just their characters as the focus and of course a better screenplay for them to work with.
Jude law is just playing himself and Natalie Portman has the goods but does not have a clear direction on how to play her character and i blame it all on how unfocused the script is. The second problem is Nora Jones, who is making her film debut. She's a great singer but she's not an actress and its almost painful to see her in the main role because she does not connect with the audience and you don't really care about her character at all. Maybe if she had a better screenplay to work with as well and some formal training, she would have done better but as she is now in this film, she's more a deer in headlights than an actor.
Kar Wai Wong does try his best but he should have just waited for a better script and with such a great cast at his disposal, he should have taken the time to support them with better material then to leave them hanging in the wind and that's what i think he did with making this film. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:
Making-Of 'My Blueberry Nights'
Q&A with Director Wong Kar Wal