The Soloist (2009)
Of the four films I’ve chosen, this is the most “Hollywood”. Starring two big stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jamie Foxx, made by a big studio with a $60,000,000 budget, it is nevertheless the kind of non-action, character driven story that makes it a moving experience to watch.
Real life Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (played by Robert Downy, Jr.), is always on the lookout for a human interest story. He sees a homeless, delusional man playing a cello by the side of the freeway, one Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Ayers claims to be a brilliant former Julliard student and….well, you can guess the rest, can’t you? Only it really happened! Really!
Dare I say that “in spite” it’s high production value, it’s feel-good plot and it’s Hollywood provenance, this is a terrific film! Jamie Foxx is positively outstanding as the schizophrenic Ayers, Downey is totally believable as the somewhat stereotypical newsman, and like I said, the story really is true (as will be apparent when we show the extras which feature interviews with the real Lopez and Ayers)
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