Plot summary (from the studio): What is the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning? How is it measured? By time, space or memory?
Elizabeth (Norah Jones), a disenchanted young woman, embarks on a soul-searching journey to distance herself from a broken heart. As emotional wounds begin to fade, Elizabeth’s experiences with a series of disconnected strangers lead to new and unexpected chapters in her life. From the poetic musings of a late-night face owner (Jude Law), to the desperate propositions of a down-on-her-luck gambler (Natalie Portman), to the broken bond between a troubled cop (David Strathairn) and his rebellious wife (Rachel Weisz), these individuals redefine Elizabeth’s perspectives on life, relationships and, ultimately, her own identity. Slowly, Elizabeth begins letting go of the past as she discovers a new path for herself — one towards true love.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- My favorite segment was the one with Leslie the gambler. I’ve really come to appreciate Natalie Portman’s acting talent recently, and was instantly drawn into her world in this film. Yes, I like gambling, so I was probably predisposed to enjoy this part, but Portman’s performance helped a lot.
- The David Strathairn character was weird — in a good way. I found him oddly compelling even though he was clearly unbalanced. I really wanted to get more of his backstory, but I guess the point of this film was to highlight brief, fleeting encounters.
- The run-time was refreshingly short, which is ALWAYS a bonus for me.
- OMG, the opening scenes with only Jude Law and Norah Jones were sooooo boring, repetitive, and seemingly interminable that I almost turned the movie off in disgust. In fact, I had to fast forward just to assure myself that there were other scenes/characters to look forward to. I guess this is the type of non-hook that an established filmmaker can get away with, but that would NEVER be allowed to stand in a newbie’s screenplay.
- Another thing that bothered me about Jones and Law was that they had zero chemistry! I couldn’t figure out why either of them was hung up on the other, and didn’t particularly care for the fact that they ended up together.
- Elizabeth was a rather bland, passive protagonist. Yes, she actually showed some initiative in leaving NYC in the first place, but after that…it was all REaction instead of action.
My Blueberry Nights contained some interesting scenes and a couple of colorful characters, but wasn’t very original or overly engaging. The main protagonist was too bland for my taste, and I didn’t enjoy the outcome at all. I give this one 2 stars out of 5.