Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Soloist - DVD Review


Starring Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Nelsan Ellis, Rachael Harris, Stephen Root, Tom Hollander, Lisa Gay Hamilton and Jena Malone.
Directed by Joe Wright.

Two great performances carried me through most of the movie, but it couldn't quite drag me across the finish line.

Based on a true story, Robert Downey Jr. plays LA Times columnist Steve Lopez, who encounters a homeless man (Jamie Foxx) one day who's quite the talented violinist. The more Lopez tries to help him, the more troubled he sees the man is. Is he schitzophrenic?

Downey holds our attention in every scene he's in. Foxx has a chance to showcase, but it feels like the same thing Geoffrey Rush did in Shine. This feels like an Academy-bait movie that got pushed out of December and dumped in April.

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