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5.0 out of 5 stars Murray's finest hour, 9 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Lost in Translation [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Ok so this isn't a review of the DVD and all the possible extras that may come with it, but I have just been to the cinema to watch this film and it is simply the best thing I have seen in years....and it comes up against some pretty stiff competition!
Why is it so good? In a nutshell - Bill Murray. The guy is a comic genius and a master of 'the face tells a thousand stories'.
The premise behind Lost in translation is a very simple one - two people in a foreign city (Tokyo) and a culture that is alien to them meet and befriend each other over the course of about a week. They come from totally different backgrounds, Scarlett Johansson (who puts in her finest role to date) plays a recently married young girl who is intense but also fun loving - opposite Murray's sarcastic battle weary old actor (so he plays himself then!) somehow they hit it off, mainly because the people around them are either fawning, boring fellow westerners or incomprehensible Japanese locals and a very genuine tale of friendship ensues.
Sounds boring? Not at all - this is far from the average business trip encounter, it is infused with some of the funniest Murray moments ever, his whisky commercial impersonations and talk show appearance are just amazing pieces of film - you may not laugh out loud every time but you will certainly see the comedy in some of his merest facial contortions! Johansson is the perfect foil, she is the eye candy to Murray's grizzled features and the on the on-screen chemistry despite the age gap is easy to see. Throughout the film as they get to know each other and a relationship blossoms the more you feel compelled to watch on, at times both are thoughtful and reflective and at other times extrovert and Imaginative - the karaoke scenes in particular are fantastic!
In short there are absolutely no reasons why I cannot recommend this film to you, it is a bittersweet tale of random people meeting under unusual circumstances, connecting and then enjoying each others company. It is both sad in parts, funny and uplifting but also at times the feeling of being alone despite being surrounded by a sprawling metropolis could never be portrayed more vividly. Add to this a soundtrack which complements the atmosphere of the film beautifully and you are in celluloid heaven.
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