Somewhere Movie Reviews
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The director creates both strange and personal scenes that are achingly incomplete, but that build to a perfect crescendo by the end. Stephen Dorff’s Johnny is a decent guy immersed in the unreal world of fame, fortune, and LA. His performance is perfect for Coppola’s style – deeply felt and gracefully underplayed portrait an artist slightly debauched, but filled with kindness and understanding, and desperate for something deeper to connect to. Together with Fanning’s subtle and utterly real behavior, the film becomes emotionally devastating.
Yet the film turns from traditional conflict at every turn. We don’t need it. To bring these scenes to their moment of obvious conflict would be to pander. Everything we need to know is already there. This is as close to poetry you’ll see in a commercial film and, for me, one of the top three films of year.
Somewhere - yes, an appropriate title. As I watched this I found myself asking - was there a writer somewhere?, was there an editor somewhere?, was there a director somewhere?, was there a producer somewhere? There were 3 to 5 minute segments when nothing happened - a guy sitting on a couch, a guy on a rubber raft in a swimming pool, a vertically narrow screen with a car driving around a desert track. Scenes jumped from one to another with little if any connection. The high point of this film was the sound effects for the sports car. On second thought - this should have been called "Nothing". I tried to rate this as zero "stars", but the system doesn't allow it.
The latest from writer-director Sofia Coppola, this is a film about a movie star bonding with his 12 year old daughter. Marco, the main character, is played by Stephen Dorff. Stephen Dorff is one of my favorite actors and I haven’t seen him in anything since the movie Felon, which I absolutely loved. This is definitely a different movie for him. Marco has the typical movie star life, staying at luxury hotels in Hollywood, driving expensive cars, and living the high life. The movie does an excellent job at illustrating the special life movie stars live. Although I am not a huge fan of “about life” movies, I did very much enjoy this one. It is both sad and inspiring at the same time. As you probably guessed, Sofia Coppola is the daughter of famed director Francis Ford Coppola. Good writing and directing must be in the blood. I would definitely suggest seeing this movie if you are into this genre.
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