Lost in Translation

Starring: Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
Momentum Pictures
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 28 June 2004

Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johannson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte, a young woman, is tagging along with her workaholic husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon develops into a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo together; having comical encounters with Tokyo's people, and ultimately discover a new belief in life's possibilities...

With awards flying all over the place for this movie (Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson, winning BAFTAs for Best Actor and Actress for example) and the hype to go with them it, was really looking forward to seeing Lost in Translation.

"Hottest film of the year", said The Observer, "The best film of the year", declared GQ. Were we watching the same movie? This, in my opinion, was one of the slowest moving movies I have seen, since The Straight Story. It's not the worst film I've ever seen but it is far from the best.

The special features include; deleted scenes, Mathew's best hit TV extended scenes, Kevin Shields City Girl music video, A conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola and the theatrical trailer. These special features add to the DVD but they still wouldn't make me go out and buy it.

Don't buy this expecting a lot of laughs (you may fall asleep before reaching the few funny bits there are). Do, however, buy this if you like Bill Murray films as you won't be disappointed. All of his recent films have been quite similar... slow!

Very disappointing.

Helena Rea

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