13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great story, but...,
This review is from: The Soloist (DVD)
Great and touching story, two fantastic actors at their best. So why was the movie a little (whisper) boring?
I don't know, but I guess it's the director's fault. Maybe there was too much music --did we really need to watch Jamie Foxx pretend to play the cello through an entire piece, more than once or twice in the movie? With psychedelic colors ("See, this is what the mentally ill musician sees when HE hears the music.") and birds flying, etc. I felt like I was watching Fantasia.
Maybe too much overly dramatic footage of the homeless and mentally ill homeless? One minute I'm watching Fantasia, the next minute it's a 60 Minutes documentary. Maybe the director didn't know what he wanted the movie to be, or where to go with it.
Maybe it was too long? I honestly don't know. I do know I fell asleep for a few minutes when it was really bogged down as the columnist (Downey) keeps trying to help the mentally ill homeless musician (Foxx) change his living situation.
Sorry for the bad review. Love these actors much, and love the story. The movie? Meh.