Written April 23, 2009
Per an ACTUAL advance press preview I attended on Tues 4/21.
This 110-minute movie was based on a novel which in turn was based on a true-story.
The MAIN reason to go see THE SOLOIST would be to witness compelling performances by both Jamie Foxx and Robert Downer Jr.(RDJ) in a movie with high quality production values - but lacking a coherent central unifying theme.
It was as if THE SOLOIST was trying to accomplish too much within a set short amount of time:-
1) was this movie about a schizophrenic musical prodigy? or,
2) about a reporter on the road to personal redemption?,
3) or a commentary on the gargantuan homeless problem/issue in Los Angeles?
4) maybe it was about the healing quality of Beethoven's music? or,
5) rather was it about alcoholism, mental-illness, drug-addiction?
THE SOLOIST's failure of a central theme rewarded us a messy tuneless 'masterpiece' with a abysmally mediocre ending.
Fans of JF and RDJ - a MUST GO.
Written April 01, 2009
So last night I attended a advanced screening of this movie, and let me tell you. When we found out that it was The Soloist, I was not excited! period. We decided to stay though, because hey who wouldn't want to stay for a free movie? As the movie progressed I was woven into the story. Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. did a phenomenal job with their parts. I would def. recommend paying the 8 dollars to go see this one!
Written May 17, 2009
When you pick a movie I hope one factor you will consider, are the actors in the movie using their fame to influence the moral fabric of our society in a positive or negative way? This is not a political statement this is a moral issue that effects are society. When a comedian/actor makes curl sexual and racist remarks about a teenager and her father we should ask ourselves (do I want to support that behavior)? In this case Mr. Foxx behavior tears at the social fabric that teaches our youth right from wrong, good behavior from bad that loving-kindness is better than hatefulness. Mr. Foxx should remember he is only entertainment and there is a lot of that out there for us to choose from. Saying sorry does not get him off the hook. It will not undue the hurt or remove the bad behavior he spreads to our youth. One way to stop this behavior is to stop being a fan of it. No longer see anything they are part of. We cannot change them but we can stop the fame we give them.
Written April 24, 2009
Please, everyone listen. As it says in the descroption: "The Soloist is a biographical drama about real-life musical prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers". This is not an action movie, this is not a movie that will have great digital effects. It is a movie that portrays this man for who he really is. I saw the movie tonight at a special screening, and i enjoyed it. It goes through the whole life story about Nathaniel and his relaionship with L.A. Times reporter Steve Lopez. It is a movie that makes you feel good. I thought Foxx did a tremendous job with the role of Ayers throughout the movie. It shows you the obstacles that one has to go through to achieve a dream and be who he or she is.I suggest you go see this movie. It is a slow paced movie but it is meant to be like that since it is a "biographical drama". Good movie. It is a movie for adults, not kids since they will probably get bored and wouldnt understand what was going on.
Written April 23, 2009
Jamie Foxx is brilliant in the movie The Soloist. Once again Jamie plays a real-life character Nathaniel Anthony Ayes a homless musician that develops schizophrenia in his adolescence years. Jamie gives a real-life view of what is it like to be a homless person suffering from a mental disorder. I loved the movie and though Jamie pulled it off very well. He will win an Oscar for his performance in The Soloist.