The Soloist (DVD)

The Soloist (DVD)

The Soloist (DVD)

               Genre: Drama
               Music, friendship, Journalist, Los Angeles, mental handicap, genius, talent

solo for two

  In the best case, a film title is ambiguous, thought-provoking, what was meant by it now and is still indicative of the theme of the story being told. At least, this exercise is Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement) with his new movie The Soloist has succeeded very well. Wright can also otherwise quite convincing in parts, although in the end some disappointment remains.

In the title giving a soloist, is at first glance, the schizophrenic homeless Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), who is in the underworld of the city of Los Angeles from that of an army of the poor and forgotten by society, which in Shadow of glamor and luxury live an almost invisible life. Because these two worlds are usually strictly separated and have no points of contact, it is an absolute coincidence that the burned-out journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) one day meets Ayers, who performs in a subway on a violin with two strings . Fascinated by the sensitive violin playing of the Homeless is looking for Lopez, who sniffs a story, contact with this and thinks he is soon on the trail of a giant story: Nathaniel really is a former musical prodigy that has been thrown off course by his illness? And we will succeed Steve, bring this all too soon interrupted career back on track? The battle for the fate of the homeless, for newspaper columnists and to fight for themselves so well because the story may be – Lopez’s new friend does not need no fame and spotlight, but something quite different.

The Soloist is based on real experiences of a film about the power of music and friendship – and about as dull false expectations sight of what is important. Above all, he is a film about two soloists, not about you. For Nathaniel Ayers, whose real fate of the still active journalist for the LA Times for more than one years accompanied in his columns, falls in the course of the film, despite its presence becoming a marginal figure. What is mainly because the homeless people going through any dramatic necessary development, despite all the hopes for the healing power of music has granted him a happy ending, so that the focus of the narrative in the film progresses, more and more on journalists and its purification shifts. Although the story may correspond at least in this point the realities (still exists for the real Nathaniel Ayers no diagnosis of his mental illness), it relieves the audience but with a certain feeling of disappointment in the reality of life. What are the qualities of this film in no way should diminish. Which lie mainly in two excellent main characters and excellent dialogue that give at all serious issues the film always a pleasant lightness.

How to be good Jamie Foxx, which he has already in Ray impressively demonstrated . Even with the soloist delivers a magnificent performance from Foxx – which is to assess all the greater because his character is a result of the script and the conjecture and speculation about Nathaniel’s disease remarkably unclear and blurred. Despite these weaknesses, but moves us to the body and opens us, as Steve Lopez’s eyes to the fate of people on the margins of society.

Robert Downey About immense acting ability you have to lose anyway not a word – would be his fatal weakness for the excessive life, he could well play in the very first ranks of actors in Hollywood. In any case, it seems a good knack for roles to have. As he gives the (literally) fallen and disillusioned newspaper columnist Steve Lopez, has very little to do with your own eventful career. The true journalist Steve Lopez, however this role design combines less – who was married, in contrast to his cinematic alter ego happy. That was probably when all love Joe Wright for the representation of the hard everyday life a little too “normal”.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The Soloist (DVD) Original Title: The Soloist Country of production: France, USA, United Kingdom Year of Production: 2009 (# ) Length: 112 (Min.) Published at: Universal format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, English ( #) EAN: 5050582761658 Extras: Unpublished scenes short feature, audio commentary with director Joe Wright

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