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The Soloist

A movie directed by Joe Wright

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Inspiratation and Love, More Than You Can Ever Dream Of

  • May 3, 2009
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Imagine yourself living on the streets, homeless, down on your luck, and having nothing to hope for.  For schizophrenic Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Jr., this was his life.  The Soloist released into theaters nation wide April 24, 2009.  Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx team up to create a emotional film.

Jamie Foxx playing Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Jr., a former cellist student who attended Julliard, now homeless is filled with a the desire and love to create music.  Robert Downey Jr. who plays Steve Lopez, a La Times journalist is also down on his luck.  While the La Times is down sizing their newspaper, Lopez needs a story to keep his job.

Lopez finds Ayers on the street playing the violin and pulled in by the beautiful melodies he creates.  Lopez tries to help Ayers get back on his feet and playing concerts like he once used to do. 

This film journeys through a friendship of two completely opposite people.  The emotions portrayed by Lopez and Ayers gets on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

This is a must see movie, even you don't appreciate classical music, you will find  the desire Ayers has and become moved by what will happen next.

This film is an inspiration to many to follow what you believe in and what you want.  The director Joe Wright captures the story of the two men and the friendship that is growing between them.

I recommend this film to everyone and anyone.  I give it a A-.  Life does have a mind of its own.
The Soloist Jamie Foxx playing Jamie Fox as Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Jr.

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May 03, 2009
This looks pretty good, and I'm surprised it wasn't entered into the Oscar race. It's gotta be better than Reign Over Me, in any case.
May 03, 2009
I have been antipating this movie for awhile now-- SO glad to hear good things about it! After watching Ray, I am convinced Jamie Foxx can play any role and shine and this sounds like a great story. Thanks for the great review!!
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review by . September 18, 2009
I remember seeing the preview for The Soloist a while back and the main reason why I had wanted to see the film was to see if Robert Downey Jr. could come come off of such an amazing performance in Iron Man, and do it again in a completely different genre of film.  Not only was he able to deliver another outstanding acting performance, I thought his role as LA Times journalist Steve Lopez might have been one if his best performances yet, despite the film being highly underrated.  While …
review by . December 09, 2009
A powerful and moving film about a loss soul and a life that went off the track....
Many dramas  try to  capture or exude  a sort of uplifting  quality to them and many dramas  try to depress you to the point of tears. While "The Soloist"  has it's moments where it can be very depressing  It also has an uplifting  and heartfelt tone to it that really jumps out at you  and resonates with  every ounce of  emotion in you. "The Soloist" is  not  new but it does do what many other  dramas fail …
review by . August 09, 2009
THE SOLOIST is a difficult film to review. First, the subject matter: a newspaper writer of a human interest column for the LA Times, with personal problems of his own, encounters a schizophrenic homeless man who spends his days playing classical music on a two string violin and provides fodder for a new human interest column - an accidental encounter that develops into a friendship and challenge and some semblance of change in the personalities of both men. Second, the cast: performances by Jamie …
review by . August 08, 2009
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The sum of the parts of this DVD are way better than the whole. I certainly enjoyed The Soloist, it is a good movie. But once I began exploring the bonus features on this DVD, the whole became so much more. This is the first time since watching Criterion LaserDiscs with real live director or film historian commentary, have bonus features been this movie enhancing.    The Soloist is a solid movie about a Los Angeles Times journalist that meets a homeless man playing a two stringed …
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Director: Joe Wright
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Release Date: 24 April 2009 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Susannah Grant, Steve Lopez
Runtime: 117 min
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