Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Soloist

Robert Downey Jr

Well-produced but very formulaic treatment of an actual story. A columnist for the LA Times comes across a black homeless man playing violin in a city park. The guy is looney tunes but his violin playing (on 2 strings) is heartfelt and he becomes a story. Turns out he had studied at Juliard but left because of incipient madness.

The story, when printed, generates a donated cello, the story grows, the film is a hollywoodized account of the triumphs and difficulties of bringing this guy into the modern world.

Attempt at a crowd-pleaser which may have worked for a general audience...but not for me.


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