Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Review: The Soloist

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Title: The Soloist
Distributor: DreamWorks SKG (Paramount Pictures)
Director: Joe Wright
Writer(s): Susannah Grant (screenplay), Steve Lopez (book)
Staring: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.
Running Time: 109 min (1 hr and 49 min)
Synopsis: A Los Angeles Journalist, befriends a homeless Julliard trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 2 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 ½ Stars
EW: Owen Gleiberman: B

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: Skip It, Ben Lyons: Skip It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 60% (Fresh), Top Critics: 71% (Fresh), RT Community: 84% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 61 out of 100, Users: 7.2 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 64: (11.3% A, 40.6% B, 45.9% C, 2.0% D)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Based on a true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who becomes schizophrenic and homeless, book by Steve Lopez

Acting and Dialogue: A-, Robert Downey, Jr. awesome like usual and even with not being a Jamie Foxx fan, I give him kudos for pulling it off.

Art Direction: C, no high end art in the film but it was visual pleasing mainly because of the cinematography.

Cinematography: B+, good enough to please the eye

Direction: B+, Joe Wright hasn’t failed me yet add this to his already great movies of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement.

Sound and Music: A+, I love the music through out the film, Yeah for Beethoven

VFX: B, Dramatically driven therefore no FX

Overall: B+, for a critical stand point its not that good but in my opinion it is a good drama.