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Love the film, not the blu ray
on 11 June 2014
This is a sweet and subtle story in which Bill Murray kind of plays himself; an ageing movie star on assignment in Japan filming a whiskey commercial. He's not happy, and it isn't just the jet lag. He feels himself growing further and further apart from his wife and kids back home who seem only to exist through late night phone calls while they go about their daily routine, barely paying him attention in the process.
At the same time, Charlotte (played by Johansson), another guest at the same hotel, seems to be realising she married the wrong guy, who's out all day every day photographing Japanese boy bands leaving her alone to turn things over and over in her mind. Eventually Bill and Charlotte notice each other. 'Alone' in the sky high hotel in a totally alien environment, they drift together.
While it is one of my favourite films, I'm afraid I found the upgrade to Blu Ray a little disappointing. The movie transfer is very grainy. Not that I mind grain on film usually, as long as it doesn't distract. And it does here.