Monday, January 17, 2011


Review: Somewhere
3 stars (out of 5)
By R. Kurt Osenlund

Let me say first that I consider Sofia Coppola a vital filmmaking voice, and her 2003 triumph “Lost in Translation” one of the very best films of the last decade. An unequivocal companion piece to “Translation,” her latest effort, “Somewhere,” shows the writer/director is consistent in the themes she explores, but inconsistent in her artistic success. Just about everything we know of Coppola's talent is on display in this, her fourth feature, yet nearly all of it has been siginificantly downgraded. “Somewhere” is a baselessly showy, hollowly artsy and frequently boring sit, and worse yet, it never musters the soul, subtlety or sexy humanity of its masterful cousin. As strictly an addition to Coppola's filmography, it's an interesting specimen to dissect, but it's for curious cinephiles only, and even they may dismiss it as rubbish.

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