Classic: Lost in Translation (2003) A Review

Where I continue to accidentally watch my way through ScarJo’s back catalogue, and find a new movie to add to my list of favourites, I think.


Certificate: 15

Director: Sofia Coppola

Screenwriter: Sofia Coppola

Starring: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 102 Minutes

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl


Just WOW. This was not at all what I was expecting. I went into this film not having the faintest idea what it was about, or what I was going to think about it. What I found was a film that was funny, touching, emotional and fascinating. So glad that I talked myself into watching this one on Netflix.

Charlotte and Bob are two lost souls in the vastness of Tokyo. One of them, Charlotte, is the wife of a successful photographer, who is neglectful of her. The second, Bob is an aging actor who is visiting Tokyo for business and is struggling to find any passion for his work. They find each other right at the right time and help each other navigate the strangeness of their surroundings and give each other a lifeline to cling to when they feel like they are alone.


I knew this film had a lot of fans, but I was not expecting to end up being one of them. The story is so touching. Who hasn’t been away from home in a foreign place and just felt so alone and out of place? The chemistry between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannsson is a little bit of a struggle during the heavy parts, but when they are just playing two people having a great time in Tokyo, they are great together. Not a pairing I would have put on the screen together, but I was pleasantly surprised.


You don’t really need to know anything about any of the minor characters in the film. The entire story is told through the eyes of our two main characters, the others are completely inconsequential, which makes this film feel really intimate. You feel like you are watching the private lives of these two people, which helps even more to carry the message of the story. Yes it does have it’s comedic moments, which helps to break up the story, but in whole, this film is meant to be touching and maybe even a little sad, so don’t expect classic Bill Murray slapstick here. You know the entire time how the film is going to end, but it still punches you in the gut when he gets in the car at the end and they drive away.

I cannot express how much you should watch this film if you haven’t already seen it. You won’t be sorry.

Lost in translation is on Netflix UK Now.

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