The Soloist

This movie was pointed out by many critics as Jamie Foxx‘s next Oscar nomination, and I would agree if I could delegate my appreciation of a film only on main role acting…but this movie fails to deliver something more.

The Soloist tells the story of Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses an extraordinary tale and gets discovered by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, a (lonely) man striving for ideas and for some comfort in his life. It is based on a true story, so right from the start you know you probably gonna catch some tears in your eyes…but then, like I said before, it fails to deliver them.

This is a story about humanity, about two men with broken souls that find some sort of balance in their lives through companionship and music, but the directing shows us everything in a very distant perspective, and although both Jamie Foxx and the always brilliant Robert Downey Jr. deliver great performances, you don’t get touched by them. I mean, Foxx does everything right, but in some scenes it just seems that he’s trying too hard…I think that’s the idea you get cause the director fails to portray some moments in the right manner.

But the major problem with this movie is the editing. It has more than 4 completely useless scenes that should have been cut out, and half a dozen that are too long. The whole length of the movie is just too much, but there are really some scenes that play with our patience and ruin the flow of the story.

But please don’t interpret my review as “boring crap movie”, it really is not, it’s a beautiful movie with some beautiful shots.
Yes it has some big issues, yes it gets boring sometimes trying to extend a simple and short plot too much, and yes it comes off a bit pretentious and “looking to grab Oscars”, but at the same time, it delivers a real picture of homeless living and the harsh beauty that can be found inside the city gutters and inside a someone’s (distorted) love for music.

Watch this movie for the main performances and you won’t be disappointed, but don’t bother trying to find a greater meaning and depth in the storyline, cause if there ever was one in the original script (and book), the director and the editor ruined it.

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3 Responses to “The Soloist”


  1. 1 A Constant Refrain 27 August, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    a tua capacidade de ser do contra ^^ao longo do filme quando disse a maioria das coisas que disses-te no post, disses-te “oh nao é nada” lol.

    quero terminar de ver, *

  2. 2 maria 27 August, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    E eu que queria tanto ver este filme, qd há uns tempos vi a história e vi quem eram os actores que iam fazer pensei k fosse ficar mt bom! Mas tenho de ver á msm, nem que seja para ver a interpretaçao do robert downey que para mim abusa sempre! kiss***

  3. 3 joaoxcordeiro 3 September, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Quero muito ver este filme, e nunca mais me lembrei dele. Do que vi, apresentações e assim, lembra-me o The Visitor, que adorei. Vamos lá ver…


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