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:: My Blueberry Nights

The creators of the ‘Sex And The City’ movie should be made go and see ‘My Blueberry Nights’ so they can see the correct way to make a romantic drama. ‘My Blueberry Nights’ is certainly one of the films of the year and is a must for people who love serious romantic dramas such as ‘Waitress’ and ‘The Upside Of Anger’.

‘My Blueberry Nights’ tells the story of Elizabeth (Norah Jones), a young woman whose relationship ends leaving her hurt and confused. She leaves her boyfriend’s keys at a local diner where she meets eccentric Englishman, Jeremy (Jude Law) who comforts her nightly with companionship and the ever lonely blueberry pie. As their friendship grows Jeremy falls for Elizabeth but before he can tell her how she feels she leaves on a journey of self-discovery. A journey that allows her to meet people such as the heart-broken, Officer Arnie Copeland (David Strathairn), the heart-breaker, Sue Lynne Copeland (Rachel Weisz) and card-shark, Leslie (Natalie Portman).

While Elizabeth strengthens on her journey, Jeremy misses her intently. But can he ever find her using just the random postcards that she sends him?

Director/writer, Kar Wai Kong does a fabulous job with a film that could easily have become ‘just another romance’. Instead the audience will be enthralled by some experimental cinematography that gives the film a ‘New York style edge’ and walk away remembering the characters they have seen for a long time to come.

It is the characters that makes ‘My Blueberry Nights’ a joy to watch. The audience is given enough insight into the lives of Elizabeth and Jeremy that you actually care what happens to them. Even the peripheral characters like Arnie, Sue Lynne and Leslie are set up as three-dimensional realistic characters, not ones that are there to simply ‘make up the numbers’ or ‘be an ear for Elizabeth’.

The acting is also top-notch. Jude Law is at his usual best while Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz shake off any doubts that they aren’t good enough to handle serious dramatic roles. At times Weisz takes her performance to the next level and it wouldn’t be asking too much too expect her to receive a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Oscar nomination for her role.

Also in the hunt for some awards, must be songbird Norah Jones in one of her first acting roles. You’d be forgiven for thinking she is a seasoned actress as she makes the role of Elizabeth her own, and is a pure joy to watch. She leaves you asking; why didn’t someone cast this girl is something a lot earlier.

‘My Blueberry Nights’ is the full-package. It’s visually spectacular, has a storyline that holds your interest and consists of characters you will fall in love with over and over again. This is one of the films of the year… stunning!!!