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Music is a powerful thing

I went to see The Soloist yesterday afternoon.  I highly recommend it!  There were a couple of uneven plot points (I would've liked seeing a little more of the main characters' backstories), but the performances were amazing!  Robert Downey, Jr. was outstanding (as always) as Los Angeles Times reporter Steve Lopez, and Jamie Foxx was absolutely stellar as homeless musician Nathaniel Ayers.

I always enjoy films based on true stories, and I found this one quite touching...it deals with homelessness, schizophrenia, and the power of music.  I also might be a little biased because part of the story takes place at a newspaper...the filmakers even touch on the struggles the newspaper industry is going through right now (If you go see the film, keep an eye out for all the references to layoffs and watch for one scene where an employee in the background is being escorted out of the office by police with a box of her possessions).
 

I found an article this morning that has a nice interview with the real Steve Lopez here.  If you want to learn more about Lopez, Ayers, and the Los Angeles LAMP community, visit Steve's website.

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marymary
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! I want to see this one -- it looks great and I'm a huge RDJ fan.
13_pines
Apr. 29th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I like RDJ a lot, too, but I hadn't seen one of his movies in a long time. I have yet to see Iron Man, mostly because comic books are not really my genre, but I heard he was great in it so I will eventually watch it. I'm excited about the Sherlock Holmes movie he's doing...I think it's being released around Christmas.
elodiek
Apr. 28th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for this film! But it'll only be released here on September 2.
13_pines
Apr. 29th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Oh, too bad it's not being released sooner over there...but it's worth the wait!

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