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Lost In Translation

Shannon and I watched Lost In Translation last night on DVD, and I loved it loved it LOVED it. Shannon, however, was underwhelmed. He found the plot to be overly subtle. Hmm. I think the subtlety was a big part of what I loved about it. As I mentioned to him afterward, I felt like plot wasn't really the point. Personally, I never drummed my fingers and thought, "So when is something going to happen?" ... which I often do during other movies. This one just had me on the hook from the very beginning. And I loved the dry sense of humor throughout. Cracked me up repeatedly.

Shannon and I usually agree on movies, or at least our opinions don't differ widely. I might think a film is great while he thinks it's only good, or I might hate a film that he thinks is mediocre ... but it's unusual for me to actively love a movie that he thinks is a stinker. Interesting.

In many ways, it reflects how our writing differs, too. When it comes to writing fiction, Shannon is a big PLOT guy. Lotsa things going on, everything very focused on events, etc. I, on the other hand, tend to be a CHARACTER gal. I get lost in exploring characters' thoughts, feelings, memories, self-justifications, etc.

Lost In Translation is almost entirely character and setting, with very little in the way of traditional plot. I guess that's why I loved it and Shannon didn't. Hmm.



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Apr. 6th, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
My main problem with the film was the characters, sadly. I didn't really believe in their relationship.
Apr. 6th, 2004 01:14 am (UTC)
Hmm. Shannon didn't, either. I completely did. Shannon's theory was that I identify more with alienated, isolated people than he does, which may or may not have affected my experience of the film.
Apr. 6th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I'm with Shannon on this one. I want something to _happen_ in my movies. If I just want to see how people react to normal stuff in life, well, that's what LiveJournal's for ;)

I want movies to be about something extraordinary. That was my huge problem with The Perfect Storm. People who go up against huge odds and _lose_ aren't interesting to me. When I watch a movie I want to see the odd, the unusual, the amazing.

I didn't hate Lost in Translation; there were some interesting parts, some funny parts. Overall, though, I found it wanting. I can be bored in my own life, I don't need to see someone else go through it.
Apr. 6th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
Count me as another person who loved loved loved this movie. (Michael really liked it a lot too!) To me, the characters were interesting, and there's definitely a plot, however subtle.

I know I've seen movies in the past that were just one beautifully staged scene after the other, with a chance for the heroine to strike an attractive pose in each one, and I definitely got bored. Stealing Beauty struck me as one of those, but this one just worked for me.
Apr. 6th, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm with you -- I really enjoyed it too. And it had Bill Murray! I'm a big fan of his work.
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