TO: EVOC 502 and 503

FROM: Victor E. Dike

DATE: March 05, 2005

RE: EVOC 502 and 503 Popular Movie Review

 

 

Movie Review:Lost in Translation’

 

After watching ‘Lost in Translation,’ which was released in the U.S. on September 12, 2003 (limited) & September 19, 2003 (wider), I would say that it is an interesting motion picture. This movie, which is study into the unfathomable depths of human relationships, details the relationship and ‘bond’ that develops between two strangers - Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson). Bob, an internationally recognized actor on the downside of his career, is in Tokyo filming a series of ads for a whiskey company, and Charlotte, a recent Yale graduate, is accompanying her photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi) on a business trip. She spends most of the time alone; and Bob and Charlotte's first few encounters could be described casual - on an elevator, in a bar. But gradually they bonded as they begin to relate to one another. They eventually spend more hours together, holding conversations and finding ways to avoid the eventual separation that both knew could occur.

Lost in Translation is a good indication of how people interact on a personal level. It portrays the two main characters well as normal individuals who are put together in a place where they don't understand the language or customs and have no one else to turn to. However, one could say that the closeness depicts by Bob and Charlotte in this movie is not one that would sustain or survive in ‘the real world’ – or is a bond that probably would not exist in the world outside of their hotel. Or could it? Each viewer would perceive this differently.

The characters discuss variety of topics - issues ranging from the search for the soul and the meaning of life, to how ordinary couples communicate after several years of marriage. It was funny to watch the call girl that invades Bob's room. Nevertheless, the relationship that developed between Bob and Charlotte remains at the focal point in the film despite strong sexual undercurrents; and a deep bond of friendship takes root between them.

Though Rated X I think Lost in Translation is a good work. It is the type of movie one should not discuss with students under 18 (but certainly with colleagues). However, Coppola has done what any young director wants to accomplish - improve upon a successful first feature – the Virgin Suicides (Coppola’s first effort as a Director).

I am not a real movie person, but the color added by the inescapable Japanese culture at every turn gets my attention, as it reminds me of the feeling I normally would have whenever I find myself in a foreign culture – a feeling of getting ‘lost in transition.’ I really love that!