Lost in Translation (2003)

Sofia Coppola directs Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi in this romantic comedy where an ageing movie star and a lonely young woman share an interlude in Tokyo.

The danger of overhype on a slight, beautiful film. Lost in Translation should be my favourite movie. Two of my most beloved movie stars mismatched perfectly in a sensitive and sensuously filmed adventure. Coppola lenses Tokyo to seems both magically otherworldly and yet depressingly overwhelming. She generates strong yearning chemistry in her not quite platonic pair. Yet on every watch it never quite clicks into the perfect, enthralling, laugh out loud symphony it should be. Reputation, ingredients, even now fond memory of the film all suggest it is a five star masterpiece. Shame the actual viewing experience is only, merely “very good”. No idea what it lacks on actual inspection.

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My Top 10 Scarlett Johansson Movies

1. The Prestige (2006)

2. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

3. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

4. The Jungle Book (2016)

5. Lost in Translation (2003)

6. Under the Skin (2013)

7. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

8. Chef (2014)

9. Ghost World (2001)

10. Don Jon (2013)

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