Boy, this is a divisive one. I have to come down on the side of the ayes. "Lost in Translation" was one of the best movies of last year. This and "Mystic River" both blew me away, but in completely different ways.
One thing they both have in common is that they really reward repeated viewing. There's so much subtext in "Mystic River" that you catch a second time. And the same goes for this one.
It seems everybody has said everything about "Lost in Translation" with this many votes, so I don't know what more can be said. You've got to try it for yourself. What some people love - the fact that everything isn't put into words - other people hate. For those who think that no matter how depressed and tired you are you should just go out and play pachinko or play tourist, this movie will never work. It's clear to Charlotte her marriage is not going to work. It doesn't seem clear to everyone who sees the movie though. It was to me.
A modern dancer - the serious kind - said to me recently, "Audiences just keep wanting things to get faster and faster. They have no patience with waiting." It seems sadly true. I was happy to wait. Not a lot happens in Zen gardens either for some. Everything does for others.
I can hardly fault this movie, although the DVD is a bit disappointing. We deserved more extras.
Bill and Scarlett are great. Sofia Coppola - magnificent job. It's interesting that to those attuned to this movie, it's not vague at all. Nor is it boring. It's funny to see a one star review saying of Charlotte "If you're bored, you're boring", when the MAIN thing most one star reviews here say is "I was bored"
When are we going to see a Japanese one set in New York? That would be equally strange. Oh, and to the guy who expected Bruce Lee to turn up in this "cliched view of Japan", it would have been funny if he did seeing he's Chinese.