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"The same but with more deadpan-ness"
on 9 January 2012
Bill Murray's character here really does do similar things to the character in "Lost in Translation". He sits on a couch while the TV or sound system play, with his head cocked to one side in a mildly fed-up way, and you start to wonder what he's thinking. You also find yourself laughing at the silliness of what's going on.
There's plenty of that. He lets life wash over him, but never really seems set on one course of action with any passion. I've known people who bring passion to every small thing they do, who can never be or do anything half-heartedly, and Murray's role here is....the opposite sort of person.
When he receives news that he is a father of a 19 yr old boy, he doesn't know whether to believe it, and looks as though he may well do nothing, out of sheer lassitude. He's surprisingly unbothered by the news that he may well be a parent, neither is he angry with the mother for not telling him. His more motivated neighbour and friend Winstone cajoles him into seeking out his ex-girlfriends and trying to ascertain which the mother is. He even gives him a CD of appropriate music for the road journey
So eventually, he goes on a journey meeting ex-girlfriends. The most expression you ever see on his face is mild suppressed amusement when he meets a teenage girl called Lolita whose flirting is not of the subtle kind. His expressionlessness is a blank slate for you to project what you imagine he might be feeling onto.
By the end I found I cared deeply. Great film
...and yes it is very slow moving. I switched from watching CSI to this, which reminds me of the time one Christmas I watched Star Wars, then put on Brideshead Revisited, and fidgeted with impatience for a while.