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The Soloist  is based on the  true story of  Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) , a musician that los Angeles times reporter Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) encounters in downtown playing a violin with 2 strings. They start to talk and Nathaniel starts mentioning names of people in an offhand way, Lopez asks who they are, he replies that they were classmates at Juilliard; Lopez realizes that he means The Juilliard School of music in New York City. Interested in the possibly of a story, he calls Juilliard and the school calls back and he finds out that Nathaniel was really there and dropped out. So he starts a series of articles on Nathaniel that lead to a cello being donates to him and Lopez then tries to get him off the streets. There is a scene were Ayers is first playing the cello and Lopez is watching on the side of the road by a tunnel, that is truly magical. This is based on a true story and I didn’t read the book or any of the articles so I can’t comment to the truthfulness of these betrayals. I was really thinking that this was going to be the year’s best picture after the first 20 minutes, but despite moving and Oscar caliber performances by both  Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. there are some slow spots in the story. The sound effects that try to explain what Nathaniel is hearing in his head is cool as an effect once but the second time became burdensome and distracting for a film that is biased on classical music and the beauty of a full symphony in full concord and just of dropped it down a notch or two. Don’t get me wrong there is magic just not as much as I would have hoped for and the use of wild camera angles and lighting just didn’t bring to life the slow pace of the center of the film.
The Soloist :: movie review 2009

The whole homeless in Los Angeles issue and the need to reform the welfare system is a touchy subject, as like Nathaniel there are allot of really smart people with talent that end up, living outside and/or addicted to drugs. I wish this film have of had a side story of Lopez and his ex-wife that would have added some depth, and I was interested as to what lead to their situation and that was never really explained…


the soloist

Directed by Joe Wright
Produced by Gary Foster,  Russ Krasnoff
Written by Susannah Grant, Steve Lopez (articles and book)
Starring Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener
Music by Dario Marianelli
Studio Working Title Films, Participant Productions
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (US), Universal Pictures (international)


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