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Somewhere: Nothing happens once,
This review is from: Somewhere [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
When Beckett's absurdist masterpiece `Waiting for Godot' was first staged a reviewer famously wrote `Nothing happens, twice. Nobody comes nobody goes, it's awful'. Sophia Coppola's latest offering is far less ambitious, nothing still happens but only once. The rest of the comment still applies though - nobody comes, nobody goes, nobody does anything or says anything. It's awful. Which is a shame, after watching and thoroughly enjoying `Lost In Translation' I happily sat down to watch this expecting more of the same. It's a similar story to Lost in Translation, a famous actor adrift in the Hollywood machine and trying to make some meaningful connection with another human being. But Stephen Dorff's Johnny Marko just meanders around LA and never actually does anything proactive. No incidents of any interest happen to him. No characters of any interest interact with him. There is nothing of any interest in the film. Added to which is a particularly flat direction that relies far too much on heavy handed metaphor, and when not being heavy handedly metaphorical is just dull and does not give the viewer anything with which to engage with the film. The only thing that vaguely interested me in the whole film was the revelation that there is such a thing as a collapsible portable pole for pole dancing. I felt that was a poor return on the 90 or so minutes I had invested in the film.
It's pretentious and boring. At least when the likes of Terence Malick do pretentious and boring they do it in a grandiose style. It tries too hard to be a hip indie film, but fails as it is so obviously trying to be that sort of film. It tries to be meaningful, but like Shame (another dire film in which nothing happens and the director mistakes banality for meaningfulness) there is nothing for the audience to connect with so all meaning is lost and it just becomes an exceedingly dull meander. It's a stone cold turkey, avoid.