Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wednesday's Movie: The Soloist

I haven't been much of a movie renter this summer but this past weekend I finally got caught up.  {The Curious Case of Benjamin Button}, {New in Town} and {The Soloist} fluttered on my parents beautiful wide screen, flat screen, HD, a picture of perfect TV last weekend.  

You might be surprised as to which film "wowed" me the most.  It was {The Soloist}. The film came out earlier this year with Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead parts. I hadn't wanted to see it because it was one of those trailers that I just thought looked like it would lead to a movie going experience where I would used more tissues then when I saw The Notebook.  

Surprise, surprise there were no tears but a new outlook on what it means to be a friend and the power of being someone's story teller. 

The movie takes place in Los Angeles in September of 2005.  Downey's plays Lopez a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.  Foxx plays Nathaniel Ayers, a drop out cellist of Juilliard and a homeless man that has been on the street for three decades.  As you would imagine, they meet by chance. Lopez becomes fascinated with this talented musician man who is currently playing a two stringed violin beautifully and ranting about Juilliard. Lopez immediately thinks story.  It begins as a story.  However, Lopez begins to learn there is so much to this story and he has the ability to tell it and with the ability to create a better life for Ayers.  Along the way of Lopez's going for the story we learn of Ayers actual talent on the cello, his troubling mental state and his survival on the streets. 

Now if this is getting to Lifetime Movie network for you, I assure you this film has so much more to offer.  Not to be a spoiler but what we learn from this movie is that some things are bigger then the help of one person and the ability to just be there as a friend can be more helpful then anything else.  

It is my hope that the next time you have a few few hours for a film consider watching The Soloist.  I think the true story and the message at the end will be more worth it then watching Brad Pitt get hotter and hotter or Renee Zellweger going from stilettos to Uggs in Minnesota. 

{Stay Tuned}

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