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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere is memorable, April 19, 2011
This review is from: Somewhere [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I'm not going to waste a lot of space defending this film. This is one movie that truly has people divided regarding its merits. For me, "Somewhere" was beguiling, fascinating, humorous and ultimately deeply moving. I suppose Sophia Coppola's films are an acquired taste but if so I can only state that those who are able to tune in to her work have great taste in movies. Coppola's screenplays are very spare, and this film follows that tradition. The storytelling that the director utilizes goes beyond a formal script but don't think for a minute that what is going on onscreen (or not going on, for that matter) is nothing at all. The characters here are utterly real, the emotions are genuine and the day to day, seemingly mundane, along with joyous and melancholy moments, create a specific point of view very unique to this filmmaker. "Somewhere" doesn't quite have the magic that made "Lost In Translation' so unforgettable, but it succeeds nevertheless in creating characters the viewer can care about. Stephen Dorff gives a memorable performance as a not quite middle aged movie actor whose life has reached an impasse. Holed up in Hollywood's famed Chateau Marmont between movie press engagements, Dorff as Johnny Marco seems to be deeply depressed, living day to day in nearly non-existence mode, until his young daughter (the lovely Elle Fanning) shows up. Again, I'm not going to spend a great deal of time going over plot details (I can hear now several voices asking, "What Plot?"). My recommendation is, See This Film.
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