Edward Yang, 2000
#1, 2000 Skandies
Yi Yi is an ensemble piece, three hours long, that follows several
generations and several branches of a Taiwanese family, along with assorted
friends and neighbors, as they live through various experiences. Ha ha ha
ha! That is so vague. But the movie doesn't really have a premise
as such. It's just a big wedge o' life.
Many people have asked why I watched Mike D'Angelo's twelve favorite
movies when it quickly became clear that we didn't have very similar
tastes. The answer is that I've discovered more movies I've enjoyed
through his reviews than through any other single source, and I've
also found that when he disagrees with a laudatory consensus, I often
agree with him. So, for instance, Yi Yi won the Internet movie
geek poll for 2000, but D'Angelo wrote, "Shouldn't a masterpiece exhibit
a bit more, I dunno, pizzazz? [...] so relentlessly sedate that I
inevitably find myself hoping for the introduction of some ridiculously
contrived plot device that might shake their expertly drawn characters
out of their stupor [...] If only it took a few more risks, burst out of
its measured bubble once in a while, I might feel something stronger
than placid admiration." That just about sums it up for me, too.
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