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Lost in Translation (2003) Movie Reviews

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09/21/2013 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

Un-awkward silences.

This movie is so beautifully empty. It's very reminiscent of real life and how we mask our contempts. Often people are happier alone than with their most loved ones. Who hasn't just wanted to get away from an awkward conversation and look out of a window?
I guess you could argue: this movie is about nothing. It's simply a couple of people happening to stay in the same hotel and experiencing the same obtrusive culture shock.

The acting by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson is quite unprecedented. Murray still had the wit and charm of his other roles and Johansson gave a breakthrough performance.
Their relationship in the film is what we don't see anymore nowadays. Unstable, unmarked and on no particular path. It's great.

Japan is captured beautifully. No nonsense, no intended produ...

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07/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A near perfect masterpiece

Lost in Translation is one of those films in which just about everything is perfect. The performances from Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are simply brilliant and their chemistry is great. The cinematography is magnificent and the eclectic soundtrack works very well. Lost in Translation is a joy to watch from start to finish.

Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is an aging actor who comes to Tokyo to shoot a TV commercial for Suntory Whiskey. Bob is in the midst of a mid-life crisis, as he grows bored with his marriage and ventures down to the hotel bar, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) a recent college graduate married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a photographer who seems to pay little attention to her, opting for the company of models, as well as airhead actress Kelly (Anna...

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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lost in Translation review

A rare romantic comedy that not everybody might enjoy, fortuitously this reviewer had a blast which each frame of the picture. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is an unhappily married movie star. He meets a Yale graduate named Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) who lacks attention from her husband. Excellent and earnest screenplay with the unsullied lines: “It gets a whole more complicated when you have kids.” “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let...things upset you.” “Did you ever wonder what your purpose in life is?” The direction and cinematography brought out the beauty and culture of Japan aside from poking fun at the people. Soundtrack was upbeat and sad at specific applicable scenes. Murray was just brilliant and the themes of being lost in another culture...

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01/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Lost In Translation" by Yojimbo

Two Americans, one an ageing Hollywood star, the other a bored young housewife, find a common bond when stranded in the twilight hours of Tokyo. Sofia Coppola's fluffy piece of cinematic confection was very warmly received upon it's release, but this comedy drama is really rather lacking in the latter and relies entirely on the formidable charms of Bill Murray's personality and Scarlett Johansson's looks. Murray is his usual appealing self, displaying his trademark stoic bewilderment and laconic quips when faced with some of the more bizarre aspects of Japanese popular culture. There are some funny scenes, usually at the expense of the fatuous and self absorbed actress played by Anna Faris who bears a striking resemblance to Cameron Diaz and I actually really enjoyed this film first time ...

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11/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Lost in Translation...I'd Say So

I watched this movie because of all the Oscar-hype. I can honestly say that I struggled to sit through this. There was no movement in this move. I get the whole two-people meeting in a strange land thing. That's cool, but what else? There was nothing else. They hung out and went home, then hung out again then went home again, then kissed. I though something was going to happen, but nothing happened. It just dragged on and on. Now, not all movies need to have this huge theatrical and Hollywood effect. There are simple films such as Before Sunset where there is absolutely no action and no real drama, but I was able to watch it and actually really like it, because they were able to keep it interesting. The dialogue made the movie. Lost in Translation was just everywhere but nowhere at the sa...

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05/26/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

An Immense Dissapointment

I originally purchased this film because it was toted as an Oscar hit and I had known Sophia Coppola had received and Oscar for the direction. The film was shot beautifully and is saturated with amazing craft. Yet the film it self goes absolutely no where. There is no plot, there is no real change in the characters, there is no real purpose or driving force to the film. It just seems to go absolutely no where. The thing that angers me about this film is the way that Sophia was presented with the Oscar. They didn't talk about her ability as a director instead they talked about the lineage of family directors and the fact that it is a shame that a female director hadn't received an oscar before. She won it no for her ability but for her gender and her last name. I wish they reserved the fir...

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