Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Soloist

Worthy of an Oscar. I was blown away by Robert Downey, Jr's, performance in this movie. Rather than summarize the plot, I will point out one aspect of the presentation I found interesting (and will do the same with all movie reviews to follow).

The relationship between Steve Lopez and his wife is ambiguous. The two were married, have separated, live apart, have a grown child, continue to work together, and even share their most profound moments together in loving comfort. It's real. You don't know if the two will reconcile completely in the traditional sense, and the director doesn't tell you, but there's depth in the relationship, as there is in the film, and in the connection between the newspaper reporter and the violin soloist. Well worth your hard-earned dollars.

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