The soloist

The soloist
               Genre: Drama
  At best, a film title is ambiguous, thought-provoking, what was meant for now and is still indicative of the theme of the story being told is. At least, this exercise is Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) with his new movie The Soloist well managed. Wright is also usually quite convincing in parts, although the end is somewhat disappointing.

The title giving a soloist, is at first glance, the schizophrenic homeless Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), who in the underworld of the metropolis of Los Angeles is one of that army of the poor and forgotten by society, which in Shadow of glamor and luxury lead 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, the music in a subway on a violin with two strings . Fascinated by the sensitive violin playing of homeless people seeking Lopez, who sniffs a story, contact with him and thinks he is soon on the trail of a great story: Nathaniel is actually a former musical prodigy that has been thrown off course by his illness? And we will succeed Steve, bring them prematurely aborted career going again? The battle for the fate of the homeless, for newspaper columnists and to fight for themselves so well because the story may have – Lopez’s new friend does not need no fame and spotlight, but something entirely different.

The Soloist is a film based on real experiences of the power of music and friendship – and how wrong expectations can cloud our eyes to the essential. 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 about a years accompanied in his columns, falls in the course of the film, despite its presence increasingly become a marginal figure. What is mainly because the homeless people going through any dramatic development is necessary in spite of all his hopes on the healing power of music allowed him no happy ending, so that the focus of the narrative in the film progresses, more and more on journalists and its purification shifts. Although history may correspond to at least at this point the reality (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. As for the qualities of this film but will not diminish. The lie mainly in two excellent main characters and excellent dialogue, in spite of serious problems which lend the film again and again a nice facility.

How good Jamie Foxx may be that he has been impressively demonstrated in Ray . Even with the soloist Foxx delivers a superb performance – what is the higher estimate, since his character is a result of the script and the conjecture and speculation about Nathaniel’s condition remarkably vague and indistinct. Despite these weaknesses, however, moves us to the character and opens us, as Steve Lopez’s eyes to the fate of the people on the margins of society. Lose

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

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: The Soloist Original Title: The Soloist Country of production: France, USA, United Kingdom Year of production: 2008 Length: 109 (min) of material: , Universal Pictures International

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