October 4, 2011

Lost In Translation

The movie released in 2003, and was one of the contenders for the Best Movie awards - sadly it lost out of LOTR - ROTK. I saw it today, and really loved the movie. 

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On the story front, there is nothing much to the plot - an American actor past his prime, and a newly wed girl on a trip with her husband meet in a foreign land. The movie is all about just the three characters - the actor, the girl and Japan. Its been beautifully shot, and anyone who sees the movie would fall in love with Tokyo - the neon lights, the big signboards, and everything else. In the initial part, the movie shows the struggle of westerners in trying to adapt to the Asian place, and tries subtly to mock it as well. However, as the movie progresses, we see the characters getting more and more comfortable in their surroundings, and from there on its more about the people. 

Most of the actors are perfectly cast, and the cinematography in the movie is a real treat. There are some really great shots, and I really liked the look and feel of the movie. 


nightflier said...

LURVE the movie! can there be any weird pairing than scarlett and bill murray ? (in terms of sharing screen presence!) and I loved it to bits! it has a very indulging feel to it, I seriously felt it shld not get over..

Calvin said...

Yes, movies like this doesn't have an ending - I found it very similar to Dhobi Ghar as well (with city as a character, and movie just ending at a vague point - it could have ended earlier or could have had another 30 minutes as well).