Saturday, May 30, 2009
Jason watches THE SOLOIST
Great acting, in a movie that...I don't know...should've been better. Maybe. It feels like a movie that's set up for awards season, but then inexplicably dumped in late spring/early summer. And there's some easy tweaks (e.g., a happy ending, a simpler narrative) that would've made it easy Oscar-bait. And I would've dismissed it as just that. Instead it attempts a narrative that more subtle, more difficult, and more realistic. And that gets messy. And it still has Oscar-baiting moments. So I'm left with little to hold on to, other than great performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. It has so much going for it, it's frustrating that it doesn't completely work. And it's even more frustrating that I can't tell if it's a victim of over-ambition or under-achievement.