Movie Review: Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation
Reviewed by: Matthew Kerwin
Grade: A+
"Lost in Translation"

Lost in Translation is the sophomore effort from writer/director Sophia Coppola and it really was a joy to watch. I don’t know why it took me so long to see this movie but I finally got to see it and I’m glad I did. The plot seems simple but it’s far from it. Set in the city of Tokyo, Bob, brilliantly played by Bill Murray, is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte, played by the gorgeous Scarlett Johansson, is a curious young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband. Both crippled by insomnia and feeling a bit isolated in their new surroundings, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This subtle meeting becomes a blossoming friendship. Bob and Charlotte are both dealing with personal and marital problems.  Without giving too much away the two of them wander through the streets of downtown Tokyo together, drifting from karaoke to drug bars, dinner, etc. They open up to each other so that they have someone to share a common bond with, so that they have a sense of escapism from their failing marriages and lives.

The directing and pacing of this movie are pitch perfect and the music sets the tone and keeps the viewer glued to the screen from start to finish. Bill Murray easily gives his best performance in this movie; the role of Bob was made for him. Giovanni Ribisi and the always hilarious Ana Faris co-star.

The final scene of the movie is one of my favorites in recent memory. It’s so simple yet intricate at the same time. Without telling you what it is you’ll know what I mean, when and if you watch this movie. I highly recommend it.