A.R.M. (kinkyturtle) wrote,

Lost In Translation

Yesterday I saw "Lost in Translation", starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. It's a romance, the sort of movie I'm not usually interested in... but this romance stars Bill Murray, ever so dryly funny, as movie star Bob Harris, who's in Tokyo for a week to film a whiskey ad and take a vacation from his wife and kids. And it stars Tokyo, the city in which Bob feels lost and lonely because it's... just so weird! It also stars Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte, a fellow American, the wife of a photographer who's always too busy photographing to make much time for her. She's lonely too.

Bob and Charlotte have a fling that lasts one week and is painful when it ends, but of course it must, because they're both married to other people. Charlotte's husband I mentioned; Bob's wife is back at home in America, micromanaging the redesign of his study (she faxes shelf diagrams to his hotel room at 4:20 am, forgetting the time difference, and fedexes him carpet samples to choose from).

The culture-shock scenes are very funny; the director of the whiskey ad rattles off instructions for two minutes straight, which the interpreter boils down to "turn your head and look at camera"... Bob and Charlotte get chased by a guy firing a machine gun that I think is a toy and doesn't fire real bullets... Bob goes on a TV show hosted by a guy he's told is "the Johnny Carson of Japan"; the guy is a complete lunatic in a bizarre candy-striped suit, on a bizarre candy-striped set designed by another complete lunatic, and so on.

"Lost In Translation" is a good movie, even if romances aren't usually your thing!

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