The Soloist (2009)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Music

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A newspaper journalist discovers a homeless musical genius and tries to improve his situation.




  • Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist (2009)
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers at an event for The Soloist (2009)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in The Soloist (2009)
  • Halle Berry and Jamie Foxx at an event for The Soloist (2009)
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx at an event for The Soloist (2009)
  • Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx at an event for The Soloist (2009)

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26 April 2009 | zetes
| Wright, Downey and Foxx are good enough artists to lift this above its Oscar bait plot
This film was supposed to be a major competitor for the Oscars last year, but Paramount bumped it to a few months later. Despite the mixed reviews the film has received, I believe it would have been a major contender. I honestly think Paramount's decision not only ruined its chances for Oscars, it gave the impression that there was something wrong with the picture. There isn't, really. The subject matter does scream "Oscar Bait", with Robert Downey Jr. playing a newspaper columnist who writes about a schizophrenic genius musician (Jamie Foxx) who is homeless on the streets of L.A. We all remember Shine. Shine was pretty good (if entirely made up, as we later discovered). The Soloist is probably a little better. I think it's stronger because of its exploration of the relationship between the two central characters. Both Downey and Foxx are extremely good; both are award-worthy. This material could easily have been cheesy Oscar bait, but director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice and Atonement) is a virtuoso himself. The way he uses image and sound move the story along beautifully, not allowing the clichés to clog up the film.

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