Elizabeth (Jones) has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she's ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of waitress jobs along the way. As Elizabeth crosses paths with a series of lost souls.
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My Blueberry Nights stars singer Norah Jones as Elizabeth, a waitress who, after her latest break-up, spends a night at a New York street cafÃƒÂ© getting chatted up by Jude Law before embarking on a cross country road trip, trying to earn enough money to buy her own car.
Her quest leads her through Hong Kong director Wong Kar WaiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s night-time world of New Orleans blues bars and Las Vegas casinos, where she encounters a number of addicts and down-and-outs.
There is Jason Strathairn, a drunken cop teetering close to the edge of total self-destruction, his 'less than faithful' ex-wife Rachel Weiss and an enigmatic professional gambler, played by Natalie Portman.
Sadly, though Elizabeth keeps moving, she doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really go anywhere. Not Elizabeth the character or the singer-turned-actress, Jones.
The film is undemanding, unmemorable, and almost desperately insubstantial fare, but it has a kind of beauty that charms the viewer in spite of its faults.
With some good performances and a lot of mood, the movie turns out to be more than just an expertly made, 93-minute music video featuring Norah Jones looking frail and depressed. But not much more.
In Hong Kong Auteur Wong Kar-WaiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest film, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, Elizabeth, played by singer NORAH JONES, has just been dumped by her boyfriend after a five year relationship and she takes time out at a New York cafÃƒÂ© where she consumes lots of blueberry pie and meets the owner, Jeremy, (JUDE LAW).
After a while she takes off on a trip across the country. In Memphis she encounters a sad policeman, (DAVID STRATHAIRN), and his ex-wife, (RACHEL WEISZ).
And in Nevada thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spaced-out gambler NATALIE PORTMAN.
Watching MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, the first English-language film from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, you wonder if IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE would have seemed as corny as this is if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been able to understand the language.
Seemingly inspired by Wim Wenders, with its Ry Cooder score and its road trip format, MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS is both clichÃƒÂ©d and trite.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beautiful in an artificial kind of way. The cinematography is by the great Darius Khondji and Wong is always adept at making the mundane look gorgeous Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and some, not all, of the songs are good, though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a fan of Otis ReddingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s version of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Try a Little TendernessÃ¢â‚¬Â.
The acting, too, isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad at all. NORAH JONES has a presence which suggests she could make the transition from singer to actor, and DAVID STRATHAIRN and RACHEL WEISZ do what they can with their dialogue. WEISZ is especially impressive in one scene.
MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS was highly anticipated when it opened the Cannes Film Festival last year, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quite a disappointment.