7 months ago
Not at all a bad film, I just don't think it's aimed at people like me. However there is a lot of flaws in the film which should probably be adressed.
The film is dreadfully boring. Some scenes go on for way too long. I remember there was like a minute long shot of a guy playing golf. For a minute. Scenes are dragged out and it really feels like establishing shots are just overused to really stretch the film length to that feature standard.
On top of this, the plot is slow and boring. Nothing really happens throughout the film but it makes it feel like we've been watching these people for years. This is a bad thing. The film feels like it goes on for years. Literally a famous guy rolls up to Japan and a young girl, who is also alone sees him and they become friends. Eventually they fall in love but leave eachother anyway. Boring! Probably had one of the most predictable endings of a film ever.
This isn't a personal dig at Sofia coppola, but it really does feel like this film got famous because of her father's immense success. She only got to make the film because of her dad and therefore people thought it was a good film by default. This film (along with much of her other works) is proof that she is a terrible writer and director, and is only doing this off her fathers back because she can.
The first time I watched this I was bored. After rewatching it a couple years later with an older, fresh mind, I was still bored. Not even something I'd have in in the background.
I give it a 6 because of Bill Murray. Who did a pretty good job at keeping the movie going. Without him, this film would easily be a 2 or 3. Obviously scarlet johanson has some credit to be due because although this was early on in her acting career, its a very difficult role to do and she did very well.
But the prominent acting force in this film is Bill Murray, who really ties the film together. I remember scenes like golfing in his room and speaking to the Japanese man in the hospital which stuck out as the best scenes in the film because in these scenes there is no boring, dull and dead plot, it's just bull Murray being Bill Murray, which the world needs more of.
Overall, ok film in my opinion. Like I said I dont think it's really aimed at people like me but I just really didn't like it the second time orbthw first time watching - 6/10