5.0 out of 5 stars
love found amidst complete alienation... for romantics, Mar 13 2004
If you like this sort of thing, you'll enjoy the movie. Even if you have vague, faint sympathy for this sort of thing, lost in translation is worth your while. If you enjoy clear channel radio stations and Tom Clancy novels... well... um, you can always rent The Fast and the Furious 2 again, I guess.
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansen feel lonesome. Their careers, lovers, and even immediate surroundings feel foreign to them. That this is set in Tokyo really just underscores the alienation they feel toward their lives in general. This is made even better by not using Japanese subtitles, when it's spoken so much throughout the movie. Also, discounting Bill and Scarlett's chars, every single American in the movie are deplorable phonies, and they stick out even moreso in the sea of Japanese.
Sofia has documented alienation in its purest form, then swept it away with sweet love. That's really the point of the movie, and if you've never experienced anything like that, you'll likely think Lost is pointless. Oh well.