Sunday, November 09, 2003

I mentioned below that we saw Lost in Translation in New York, but I loved it so much that I feel the need to go on about it in a bit more detail.

It's about an actor, Bill Murray, who goes to Tokyo to make a Suntory commercial and meets a beautiful girl, Scarlett Johansson, whose husband is never around. Bill Murray is fantastic - very funny and sympathetic, and Scarlett Johansson is sexy and sultry... I think I have a new favourite actress - she was great in Ghost World too. They make a great pair - two lonely, lost souls in the big city. The film has a lovely melancholy air; Sophia Coppola perfectly captures that feeling of insomnia and sleep deprivation. There are some great, dreamy images of Tokyo; the film is slightly grainy so the it's like looking at a watercolour of the city, rather than the bright vivid images you normally see. Of course, it has extra resonance for anyone who's lived in Tokyo, with some cool shots of Shibuya, shinkansen and Fuji. And to top it all off, there's an awesome karaoke scene! And there's a bit on a crosstrainer that had Butter crying with laughter. It doesn't have a typical Hollywood ending - in fact, when the credits rolled, the moron sitting beside us shouted, 'What? What!?' Sleepless in Seattle it ain't.

The soundtrack is excellent too - very slow and dreamy (that word again): Kevin Shields, Air and The Jesus and Mary Chain. We bought it as soon as we got back and have been listening to it non-stop. Oh, and if Bill Murray doesn't win the best actor Oscar for this, I'll eat one of Syd's droppings.

Er, don't hold me to that.