Writer: Sofia Coppola (Screenplay)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
Plot: A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.
Tagline – Sometimes you have to go halfway around the world to come full circle
Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Life Drama
Story: Lost in Translation starts when faded movie star Bob Harris arrives in Tokyo to shoot a couple of commercials for a whisky, he is a fish out of water in this country, on the other side of the hotel, Charlotte (Johansson) is staying with her photographer husband John (Ribisi) who is always working, leaving Charlotte to try to find something to do in a country she isn’t used to being in.
When Charlotte and Bob meet in the hotel bar, they start to have a friendship that sums up their loneliness in the country and they support each other to have a good time in Tokyo.
Thoughts on Lost in Translation
Characters – Bob Harris is a faded movie star that can still gain a large pay check by starring in commercials, which is why he is in Tokyo, he is feeling lonely because his wife and children haven’t travelled once again, he does offer Charlotte advice about enjoying her life, but not rushing into anything. Charlotte is in Tokyo because of her husband’s work, this sees her feeling lonely as he is always work and she doesn’t know anybody else in the city, she makes friends with Bob as they start to experience the city together, she opens up about her struggle about finding her own calling in life. While Jon is the husband to Charlotte, we don’t really learn to much about him other than he is working.
Performances – The performance revolve around Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray, they are both wonderful to watch as they show us just how talent they pair can be either alone or as a pair on the screen.
Story – The story follows two people from different worlds in America that are lost in Japan, only to find each other to keep each other company during their time in Tokyo. The story dives into the idea that being in a new country can be isolating and you will need to learn to find somebody new to help them enjoy their time in the country, it does show you can find somebody new could give you a conversation you aren’t able to with friends in your life.
Settings – The film uses the setting of Tokyo which shows just how difficult it can be to find yourself in a country where you have never visited.
Final Thoughts – This is a life drama that shows us just how important communication is to the everyday life in a new country.
Overall: Just a life drama.