A new take on Lost in Translation from a guest reviewer (a doctor instead of a lawyer, for once) whose nom de plume is “The Movie Snob’s Ex”
Lost in Translation (D+)
I saw this movie Valentine’s Weekend with a few friends. Upon leaving the theater I wondered how I could have wasted $6 and two hours of my time on this movie! The movie begins with a scene of Scarlett Johansson’s behind, which should have been my first clue. The “plot” (if you want to say it had one) is the relationship of Bill Murray–a washed-up actor posing for whiskey ads in Tokyo and Scarlett Johansson–a young wife newly married to a photographer on a photo shoot. The two are involved in not-so-stellar marriages and are slowly drawn to each other. The obvious subject “lost in translation” is the language barrier between the Americans and the Japanese. The other is the fading emotional connection between the two stars and their spouses. BOORRING! Except for the scenes of Japan or, if you are of the male persuasion, the many scenes of Scarlett Johansson in her undies, there was not much to keep the viewer’s attention. The ending leaves a lot to be desired to say the least! I was not as generous as the Movie Snob, who gave this film a B.