This is quite simply the best film I have seen for a long time. To me, it is more or less flawless, and it pains me to say it as I've always maintained that she has been riding on her father's reputation, but Sofia Coppola has done an extremely good job.
Lost in Translation follows two Americans, equally 'lost' both emotionally and literally in Tokyo, brought to together accidentally but quite possibly soul mates. The film follows their friendship and mutual alienation with both hilarious and heartbreaking results.
Bill Murray is always a pleasure to watch as he has one of the most expressive faces of any actor working today and he is just excellent in this. I'm not surprised he was miffed at missing out on the Oscar. Similarly I was really impressed by Scarlett Johansson, who is far more deserving of the praise being lavished on Keira Knightley these days. The chemistry between the two leads is at times both electric and tender, translating the ambiguous relationship and common disillusionment between them.
Everything about this film fits together to make an absorbing and atmospheric whole. The soundtrack is brilliantly eclectic, from My Bloody Valentine to Elvis Costello to Air. Music plays such a central role in the film, highlighting the very different aspects of Tokyo and the characters experience there whether it be in the karaoke booth or the clubs or the temple Charlotte visits.
The cinematography is equally stunning and eclectic, ranging from the awesome sight of the Japanese mountains to the technological wonderland that is the city centre. It is parlicularly affecting the way it skips from the domineering (such as the skyscrapers and amazing views from the hotel windows) to the intimate (the sushi bars and the tranquil inner city paradise Charlotte explores).
Without a doubt, 5 stars, this is as good an exploration of human love and loneliness as I've seen.