Earlier today, I posted my review of Wong Kar-Wai’s Ashes of Time Redux on Filmwell. For what it’s worth, the review is a reworked version of my earlier Opus review that takes into account some of the changes made in the “redux” version, which represents Wong’s final directorial vision for the film.
On a sidenote, writing the “new” review was an interesting experience because it required me going back and reflecting on earlier material. It’s always strange to read older articles on Opus — I posted my original review of Ashes of Time back in 2003, FYI — and see how I reviewed movies back then (or tried to review them), what I notice then as opposed to now, and so on.
I don’t know that I’ve become a better movie reviewer — sometimes I think I’ve slipped a little — but there’s a definite difference in how I approach the material now. Not that I can necessarily articulate it in words, but the difference is there if only on a subconscious level for me.