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Monday, December 27, 2010

[3.50/10] Somewhere (2010)


Somewhere (2010)

Sofia Coppola's fourth full-length feature film revolves around Roguish Hollywood star Johnny Marco, who finds his debauched life of excess unexpectedly interrupted when his 11-year-old daughter shows up at the Chateau Marmont Hotel for an unscheduled visit. Later, as father and daughter reconnect, Johnny begins to reassess his sordid lifestyle. With "Somewhere", Sofia Coppola has proven to the general public yet again, that she's one of the most boring and unimaginative filmmakers working today. She could be easily described as, well, overrated. As many of you know, her second film and so-called masterpiece, "Lost in Translation", was very well-acclaimed by the critics, but truth to be told, it was a pretty mediocre effort, with no heart and soul, and crafted with zero imagination. Unfortunately, very few had the courage to admit it publicly. Believe it or not, Coppola's latest film is even worse. This dreadful bore-fest should have been called "Nothing" instead of "Somewhere", as this film is neither dramatic, nor humorous, nor interesting, nor touching, nor intriguing, nor gripping... nor anything. It's just a big nothing. Watching "Somewhere" is as exhausting and frustrating, as watching a paint dry, since absolutely nothing happens throughout the entire film. To comment on the story is rather impossible, too, as the film feels like a bunch of random scenes thrown together with very little to no plot. Technically, "Somewhere" is also a lackluster. Sofia Coppola's direction is so weak, and uninspired, it borders on amateurish. She uses a lot of long and static camera shots and unnecessarily prolonged scenes, just to artificially extend the running time of this film, and as a result "Somewhere" becomes even more tiresome and ineffective. There is some nice, mostly indoor scenery that pictures well the luxury lifestyle of a celeb, but that's about it.The performances should have been the film's main strength, but sadly, those are hardly satisfying. Stephen Dorff is an okay actor, but he's neither talented, nor charismatic enough to carry a movie. His performance as the lonely and asocial Hollywood celebrity is flat, lifeless and unengaging, just like the movie itself. Dorff's character is so dumb and narrow-minded, he never fully realizes what a boring, selfish and monotonous life he lives. However, Elle Fanning truly shines as Johnny Marco's young daughter, Cleo. Fanning is so sweet and likable, and she acts so naturally in front of the camera, it's fascinating. She plays the only genuinely likable character in the entire movie, and you can't help but wanting to see her on screen more often. The supporting performances are pretty mediocre, without any real standouts. All in all, there's almost nothing to like about Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere". I dare to say, it's the most pointless, tedious, pretentious and uninteresting film of the year. And I've seen "The Killer Inside Me".

8 comments:

Vapor said...

Maybe it's just me, but the art looks like it would fit it perfectly in a porn store.

Melissa Bradley said...

Wow...Tell us how you really feel. ;) I love the pointless, tedious, pretentious and uninteresting remark. Made me smile and give you two thumbs up. I hate critical darlings for the most part. There's also a certain popular actress who fits that very description.

Andrew Green said...

Really?
Well, I guess it's no surprise. Sofia Coppola has been going downhill since Lost in Translation.

Nicole✗✗ said...

I was so excited to see that you reviewed this film because I was unsure of what it had to offer. To be honest I was hoping it would be good so it's sad to hear the truth. Thanks for the heads up!!

Nebular said...

Ha-ha! :) Vapor you really made me smile. Just for the record, the two persons featuring on that poster are actually father and daughter. :P

Nebular said...

Melissa, dear... it's all true. :) I couldn't believe how horrible this film was. Just because Francis Ford Coppola is a good director, doesn't mean that his daughter falls into the same category, right? :) Oh, and I almost hated "Lost in Translation", and I didn't get the hype around it.

Nebular said...

Andrew, yes really. If you dare, see it for yourself :) IMO, even "Lost in Translation" wasn't that good.

Nebular said...

Nicole, I wasn't sure what it has to offer either, but I honestly didn't expect it to be such a painful boredom. Avoid this one at all costs.