Movie Reviews: Lost in Translation

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Lost in Translation directed by Sophia Coppola

Like many people, certain movies hit me at the exact right moment in my life that otherwise would have been received differently if watched a decade earlier, or a decade later.

Some define these films as guilty pleasures. I personally think this is a misnomer. There is a difference between a movie that doesn’t age well, but you give it a pass later on and a movie that is superb and hits you at the right moment. To me, The Last Starfighter is a guilty pleasure (theme song still kicks ass).

I watched this movie shortly after college after I took a trip to Japan and South Korea. It marked the breakout of Sophia Coppola for those who didn’t catch the Virgin Suicides. It was the continued renaissance of a more subdued Bill Murray, and Scarlett Johansson before she became an Avenger.

I love how this film demonstrates how much can be said with just visuals. The first ten minutes might be “slow” to some, but was perfect for me. It set the tone and pace and showed both main characters lost and disconnected in their environments. The relationship that builds throughout the movie appears real as a result. There is no lame three act romance structure. There are no lame best friend sidekicks. People are trying to figure shit out and that’s what happens in life.

For those of you that still complain about the whisper, well, you simply didn’t pay attention to the movie.

All the hints are there.

 

5 thoughts on “Movie Reviews: Lost in Translation

  1. I had the sane experience – saw this one in between two big trips to Asia. Although I never made it to Tokyo, it just FELT like being in Hong Kong/Bangkok/wherever. It’s rare that a film captures a place so perfectly.
    And The Last Starfighter (and its theme) are so underrated!

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  2. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the movie. I wanted to like it, but I wasn’t invested in either of the main characters. Did you see ‘Her’? It was directed by Spike Jonze (Coppola’s ex husband), thought the story there was much more creative, but that’s just one girl’s opinion

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