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Lost in Translation

I really wanted to like it.

Just ... I mean, I get that these are two people, alone in their respective environments and marriages, surrounded by people who speak a different language, their respective marriages aren't really working and all they want is to be understood, truly understood by one other person. I get it. I get the friendship, I get the sexual tension, I get the whole "slice of life" thing, I really, really do.

I just feel like the point was made fairly early in the film, and then it just kept making the same point over and over. I was kind of like: "And then?"

It was really slow. I say that as someone who can be patient and let a movie unfold, and I wasn't looking for car crashes or anything, but despite Bill Murray's excellent performance, I just wasn't engaged after a certain point. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for that kind of movie at the beginning of the week. Maybe I'm too young (D.'s opinion), or not introverted enough. Maybe I've done too much acting and I'm too aware of the structure and flow of a story.

Like I said, I wanted to like it.

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mumpish
Mar. 14th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm as old as D., and I agree with you. The film doens't have a very complex message and it states it early. It's fairly unvarnished and honest, but it runs out of gas. Good talent, poor use of it.
pointedview
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you posted, because you are someone that I consider to be fairly willing to give something a try (I really respected your wine sampling, for example), and it's comforting to feel like I'm not all by myself on this.
hehutalks
Mar. 14th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank Zeus! I had the *exact* same reaction to this movie. I tried so hard to like it, but found it to be somewhat pompous and not at all entertaining, enlightening or educational. For a while, I thought there was something wrong with my tastes, since everyone seemed to live it so.
pointedview
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
I am so relieved that I'm not alone on this!
epicureanangel
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
I thought I "didn't get it" simply because I'm not sympathetic to the complete sense of disorientation that they felt (having been in similar situations myself and not feeling that way) .. so I'm glad to hear that there may not have been anything for me "to get".
pointedview
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Although we've never met in person, from your journal I have the sense that, at least to the outside world (even if it's not always how we're feeling inside), we seem to bloom where we're planted, or make an effort to do so, anyway. If you're not in a familiar area, you make a sincere effort to become familiar -- you don't force people to come to you entirely, as it were. You meet them halfway. :)

And that's not to say that these two characters didn't try: Scarlett Johansson's character certainly went downstairs with her husband and tried to interact. She took Murray out to that party ... but even when they were in the midst of people, they seemed to feel alone... they seemed not to really get into where they were. While everyone has moments like that, it's my understanding that introverts tend to experience it more, and indeed, my husband acknowledged to me today that he felt I made a really good point about the introvert/extrovert connection with the movie.
lsbd33
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
i didn't see the movie. that said. i have seen other movies thinking, i really wanted to like that, and it just didn't work for me. that's why there are so many movies, not every one of them is going to work for you, nor should it. :)

as for you being too young, well, see it again in 5 or 10 years, and see if he was right. i'm betting he isn't. *grin* probably just didn't click for you.

(i get the i'm older than you from my hub nonsense, so, i tend to put in it perspective by showing him what i truly feel when he says that...i stick out my tongue and put my fingers in my ears...*grin*)
pointedview
Mar. 30th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I personally think it's the introvert/extrovert thing, and a day or two afterward, he agreed that I had a good point on that. :)
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