Lost in Translation

Hey there, everyone and happy Friday to all you stiffs out there. Lost in Translation is a movie I always assumed was probably pretty good but not as good as I frequently heard it was. Well, as usual, it is as good as I heard it was. Sophia Coppola won a Best Screenplay Oscar, a few Golden Globes and was nominated for a handful of others at both award shows and she definitely deserved that. What I really like about her is that she easily could’ve went the way of trying to copy her father or collaborated with him or whatever; somehow hitching herself to Francis’ success and establishing herself off of that. Instead though, she really went the other way. She’s definitely made a solid name for herself with her own style and that’s really rad to see. I also sort of always imagined this movie as some sort of half-twin to a Wes Anderson movie because it was a seemingly quirky indie film starring Bill Murray (I know, v stupid) but it’s really not even in the same realm. It feels more similar to a movie like Her, you know? Just kinda dark and introspective but funny in an extremely relatable way.

Starring Bill Murray as Bob Harris and Scarlett Johnasson as Charlotte, Lost in Translation really lives up to its tagline “Everyone wants to be found”. Harris, a burnt out movie star, is visiting Tokyo to do a depressing series of whiskey commercials purely for the paycheck while Charlotte has accompanied her photographer husband John (Giovanni Ribisi) on a business trip with the intention of meeting up with some friends while he’s away working yet neglects to do so for the majority of her trip. The two continually cross paths and little by little, build up a rapport and then a friendship founded on how out of place they feel not only in Tokyo but in their own lives. As both of their trips wind down, they’re met with the realization that their friendship isn’t meant to last and while the “goodbye” may be difficult, the bigger picture doesn’t seem so bleak anymore.

I really liked this movie a whole lot. Scar-Jo is great as a Margot Tennenbaum-esque mopey girl who desperately needs to break out of the shell she unwillingly built up around herself over the last few years and Bill Murray is, perhaps, as charming as ever. Which is really saying something. Most of Bill Murray’s interactions with the Japanese are super funny for the sole fact of how subtly confused he is the whole time. Instead of him and Scarlett being like “Oh, I’m from America! Where’s Burger King?!”, Coppola just chose to showcase their outsiderness in their brief interactions with people which I thought was a rad choice on her part. I loved that their friendship wasn’t sexual or anything either and that it was merely good company in a stranger who turns out to not be so strange. They have a fleeting kiss towards the end that kinda felt like they were getting to that point, but more so in a way that that’s just one interpretation you could have. Not like it was Coppola’s point to be like “They wanna fuck but they’re scared!” which is always super refreshing. 10/10 all around. Fire emoji x3. If you wanna see Bill Murray in an inside out, fire camo t-shirt, you can check out Lost in Translation on HBO Go and HBO Now and maybe on tv as well! I’m not sure what we’re seeing tomorrow night so be on the lookout for a surprise. Thanks!

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