Lost in Translation

Director: Sofia Coppla
Genres: Drama and Comedy
Cast: Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray.
Box Office: $44,566,004 (USA)
Trivia: Sofia Coppola wrote the lead role specifically for Bill Murray, and later said that if Murray turned it down, she wouldn’t have done the movie.
Memorable Quotes:
Charlotte: I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.
Bob: You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.
Charlotte: You’re probably just having a mid-life crisis. Did you buy a Porsche yet?
Bob: What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?
[after a long speech in Japanese]
Ms. Kawasaki: He want you to turn and look in camera. Okay?
Bob: Is that all he said?
Premium Fantasy woman: Mr. Kazu sent me, premium fantasy. My stockings. Rip them.
[sounds like “lip them”]
Premium Fantasy woman: Rip my stockings. Yes, please, rip them.
Bob: What?
Premium Fantasy woman: Rip them. HEY! Rip my stocking!
Bob: Hey? Lip them? Lip them? What?
[rolling around on the floor, waving her legs in the air]
Premium Fantasy woman: Oh Mr. Harris! Don’t touch me! Mr. Bob Harris! Just rip my stocking

Director Sofia Coppola — the same woman who made a nice little ditty with “The Virgin Suicides” — takes a simple, sweet, and disarming approach to making this film. She shoves the audience into the same confused and scary foreign world as the characters and allows them to learn, love and grow up a little. You feel rewarded and entranced after watching this picture. In the final scenes, you may find yourself shouting through tear-choked vocal cords, “DON’T GO!” Because deep down, everybody has felt that kind of bond with another human being, and everybody has had to let it go. This is what makes Coppola’s film so touching and real — she experienced these events, and now it’s your turn.

It’s hard to believe that, like Tom Hanks, Murray started off doing silly comedies. Yeah, he did some of the best comedies of the eighties, but so did Hanks. Now they’re both accomplished and amazing actors. Whenever I see their names I drool a little bit and lose control of my left leg — it starts shaking like a dog being scratched. Murray is definitely a force to watch out for now, and though Sean Penn definitely deserved in Academy Award for “Mystic River,” Murray still got the shaft.

This is one of those films that will stay with you. At times the pacing is a bit too slow and those who are looking for slap-stick and off-the-wall Murray antics may be disappointed. But that’s because they’re stupid, and they cannot appreciate a good film when they see it.

The best scene, by far, is when Murray is in the keroke studio singing “More Than This.” The look in his eyes, the sadness in his voice, the filmmatic foreshadowing … my God, it makes you want to jump out of a window, or, less dramatically, thank the cast and crew of “Lost in Translation” for saving American cinema from one more year of cut-and-run Hollywood garbage.


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