Alisa 💫’s review published on Letterboxd:
In the Mood to Fucking DIE.
Every time I sit down and watch a film that is hailed as one of the most gorgeous, breathtaking masterpieces of cinema, I'm always skeptical at first. But then, somehow, those expectations are always met and leave me pleasantly surprised. Yet in the case of In the Mood for Love, it's something else entirely.
I genuinely, genuinely don't know if there has ever been something as beautiful, delicate, subtle, and full of longing as this. Maggie Cheung (with the best wardrobe of this century) and Tony Leung are stunning, mesmerizing, and never in-your-face. Those colors, those shots, the rain!!
I haven't seen a red and green color palette this beautiful outside of Amelie, and this still manages to surpass it.
The score, the slow pacing to build the perfect atmosphere, the small lines of dialogue that punch you right in the gut. Even though this is my very first Wong Kar Wai, it's hard to imagine a director being able to top this, surely this is their Magnum Opus.