Lost in Translation (2003)
Director: Sofia Coppola
Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
Frankly, we’d gladly watch Bill Murray read the phone book for 90 minutes. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the proposition of seeing the comedy legend moping around Tokyo, as a washed-up American actor, in writer/director Sofia Coppola’s melancholic Lost in Translation was quite the pitch in 2003, and Murray didn’t disappoint.
Nearly 10 years later, Lost in Translation hasn’t lost any of its somber appeal; it’s a comedy of subtleties, dabbling in rom-com sensibilities, as Murray’s character charms his way into the younger Scarlett Johansson’s married heart, without ever succumbing to convention. Whether Murray gets the girl or not is unimportant.