Lost in Translation is by far the best movie I have ever seen. People criticize it for being slow and boring, but I think that is part of the reason why I love it so much. It feels like real life. Scarlett Johansson's character Charlotte is not glamorous, hardly even pretty, she smokes and claims one day she will quit, and follows her husband to Tokyo. She develops an unexpected friendship with an older man. They do not do anything life changing together. They eat bad Japanese food, watch old movies, and visit strip clubs. They are not changing the world.
Charlotte's husband has a very realistic emotional affair with Anna Faris' character (who I have read is based on real-life actress Cameron Diaz). I hate movies that portray affairs, because they are always so cheesy and over the top. You do not have to sneak around and have sex to make it an affair. His wife felt empty and the starlet felt adored. Enough said.
And of course, that first and final kiss. It is awkward and I don't think either of them really planned it. It is natural. It is somber. And the epic inaudible whisper leaves us all feeling a little lost, and I think that is the point. These characters are lonely. They are without real direction. They are lost. They find comfort in one another. And aren't we all a little lost?
I wish Scarlett Johansson could do a film like this again. But she was eighteen and now that she got hot and older I guess that will never happen. It sucks because I saw talent in LiT that I have never seen before. What can you do?