Saturday, August 27, 2005
Dean and I went to the Harvard Exit to see 2046 last night. What a fascinating movie. A bit long. Incredible music and images. It takes place over four Christmas Eves in Shanghai from 1966 to 1969, and follows a man's relationships with three different women: none of which are fated to work out. The male lead, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, is a real hottie, but a bit of a heartbreaker. Though it is all so gorgeously shot and scored, the message of this movie, I think, is ultimately so sad and fatalistic. It seems to say: We have one chance for true love in this life, and that's it. Even if we meet the right person, if the time and the place are wrong, forget it, end of game. All that's left is this long lonely train ride to 2046 (you have to see the futuristic scenes, set on this world-circling train, full of android attendants). I just don't think life is that way. Only the movies are.