26 June 2017

Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation 2003
  • Director: Sofia Coppola
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Akiko Takeshita, Catherine Lambert, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Bill Murray – Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited, Broken Flowers, The Royal Tenenbaums, Hamlet, Cradle Will Rock, Rushmore, Ed Wood, Groundhog Day, What about Bob?, Little Shop of Horrors, Ghostbusters, Tootsie
    • Scarlett Johansson – He’s Just Not That Into You, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Prestige, The Island, A Love Song for Bobby Long, Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Manny & Lo
    • Giovanni Ribisi – The Rum Diary, Public Enemies, The Dead Girl, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Cold Mountain, Friends, The Gift, Saving Private Ryan, SubUrbia, The X Files
  • Why? Scarlett Johansson
  • Seen: Once before. Now 10 June 2017      

       A prize-winning movie but the first time I saw it I was disappointed. I didn’t understand the hype. Maybe I’ll be more into it this time.
       Tokyo. Weary Bob Harris (Murray) is welcomed by smiling Japanese hotel staff. He’s a famous movie star. Sleepless in his room he gets faxes from his wife about missed birthdays and shelf choices. He’s in Tokyo to shoot a whiskey advert. The Japanese director babbles long-winded instructions. The translator translates a few words.
       Left alone by her hard-working photographer husband (Ribisi), Charlotte (Johansson), a Yale philosophy graduate, wanders around Tokyo. Alone, unhappy and bored.
       Bob and Charlotte are both insomniacs. They meet, finally, in the hotel bar. Several awkward encounters follow.
       It’s all very sensitive about two lost souls in a foreign country. Two lost souls searching for a meaning in their lives.
       It’s always a pleasure to watch Johansson being subtly expressive but what a boring movie. Even the glimpses into modern Japan don’t lift it much. I still don’t get the hype. But it does have a classy tone.
2 * of 5   

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