As I said in our email newsletter yesterday,
The Grandmaster certainly is grand. It’s both epic kung fu legend and a visually rich portrait of one man (handsomely embodied by Tony Leung) during his life in 1930s Foshan, through the Second Sino-Japanese War, and his time in Hong Kong in the early 1950s. The fight scenes are more like dance than American action sequences, and everything about the film is textured and beautiful, as you would expect from master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai. The film is most similar to Wong’s In the Mood For Love (which evocatively captured the feeling of 1960s HK).
Wong Kar-Wai’s films are pure cinema. They couldn’t exist in any other form. His films are all about movement, texture, memory, and mood. Everything is beautifully stylized, and expresses so much, perhaps more than the plot or voice over. His films are best seen in the movie theater, on a big screen, in a darkened room, without distractions, and it will pull you in. It’s almost like watching a giant moving painting that evokes complicated emotions of yearning, but also the simple pleasure of looking at something intricate and beautiful.
It’s playing through Thursday, 10/3.
Tuesday, 10/1 at 9pm
Wednesday, 10/2 at 4:30 & 9pm
Thursday, 10/3 at 9pm