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Flawless! Acting, directing. I just love Bill MurrayThat face! omg! The sad clown. The writing, the directing and the chemistry between the two Johansson and Murray is aching, poignant. Now I want to go to Japan. I remember feeling just like Charlotte at twenty five. Lost and sad but not knowing why...
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I found it so endearing. The friendship that these two find is just exactly what they both needed at just exactly the right time.
I must say that Lost In Translation is truly one of my very favorite movies of all time. Yes, it's slow moving, but I think that's one of the many things I love about it. The slowness counteracts the craziness of Japan - the fast moving pace of Tokyo seems to disappear as you watch the story of these two strangers. Scarlet and Bill have created a friendship that pulls me in every time I watch. Sofia's directing is amazing. She's made me fall in love with Japan and the dreams of a couple of strangers who I feel are now my friends.
I liked the movie, it made me feel good, I'm not sure why. It was endearing perhaps.
A quiet film with amusing moments, but nowhere approaching, as the wrapper claims, "flat out hilarious". It's a different take on the story of two lonely souls adrift in a far off land, and I found it touching and sensitive. Doesn't strike me as Academy Award caliber, except that the award it won was for original screenplay, and it certainly is original. A slow moving film to leave you contemplating relationships, rather than a film to get you laughing out loud.
I am right down the middle here with my review. There is a lot of mixed reviews below and I can agree with most of them, despite that making me sound wishy washy as heck!! Although I see what the director was going for with this story, it really does lag at some points. It was plain dull. I still value the story; she made him feel alive, he made her feel wanted. The main characters were extremely bored with life before they crossed paths, but the audience shouldn't ALSO feel just as bored. As the story picked up, I became more invested. I found myself smiling the entire karaoke scene, not sure why but it amused me greatly. The biggest controversy about this movie is the end -- WHAT DOES HE WHISPER TO HER?!?!?!! We will never know.....
not bad, a little slow and romantic for me. also my notes say "probably a bit racist" but not sure why I wrote that - don't remember anything specifically.
May 25 2016....WHAT was that?.....feeling LOST!........ok, I looked it up on Wiki, and it just is.....what it is. Anyway, I was just bored and waiting for something to happen, hoping it wasn't going to (and it didn't) because it just felt too uncomfortable!
I continue to discover what an accomplshed actor Bill Murray is, as I have only known him in comedic roles.
The movie itself is quite good - real life story line - what so many go through and don't talk about ...
When it 1st came out I watched it & liked it. I wanted to see it again since I recently traveled to Japan. This time I didn't like it...the characters behaved rudely to the Japanese and were whiny and boring. They landed in an amazingly interesting city for a couple of weeks, all paid for and they behaved like jerks!
No one's face says hang-dog better than Bill Murray. One's appreciation of this movie is best served by having known what it feels like to be alone, (either literally, or figuratively)away from one's familiar surroundings.
I liked the beginning because it was dealing with real, complex issues, but by the end it didn't seem like the characters had grown or learned much.
Also, how can you set a film in another country without ANY significant characters FROM that country!?
I found this movie idiotic.The lack of dialogue is a cover-up for vapid characters who wouldn't have anything to say to each other to begin with. Sofia Coppola's obsession with Scarlett Johansson's derriere results in long voyeuristic moments. Don't expect them to be erotic. In fact, don't expect anything. There isn't anything.
Brief, random encounter between two lonely souls who fill each others' voids. "May/December" attraction with the right chemistry... Bill Murray at his best. Scarlett Johansson is captivating. Terrific film. FIVE STARS.
Two strangers adrift in Tokyo over a 24 hour period. Each seeking a new direction. Works.
This will be considered her (Coppola's) masterpiece. No "action", no nudity, no sex, no horror/gore. None of the low-ball tricks directors use. Just dialog - dialog - dialog and this film works! Bill Murray can do more with a smile and an eye movement than most others can do with 3 pages of writing. Scarlett is fantastic, Bill is a god and Japan itself becomes a character in the film. We should all be so lucky. And nothing really happened in this film. It was just two people, coming together and forming a bond. Getting from each other what neither could accomplish apart. What happened at the end? It doesn't really matter. It's about the journey.
I enjoyed Coppola's stylized direction, but this film is really all about the characters and the uique relationship that they share.
I think that Bill Murrary and Scarlett Johansson played the characters to perfection.
Powerful and though-provoking.