Movie Review: 'The Soloist'

Movie Review: 'The Soloist'

Summary: Robert Downey Jr. plays Steve Lopez, the LA Times writer who discovered Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former Julliard graduate whose life circumstances forces him on the streets.

Published April 24, 2009

the_soloist-posterSummary : Robert Downey Jr. plays Steve Lopez, the LA Times writer who discovered Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx ), a former Julliard graduate whose life circumstances forces him on the streets.

Review : Based on a true story, The Soloist is a movie that is more of a statement about mental illness than A-list celebs. While you see the faces of Foxx and Downey Jr. on the movie poster, the real stars of the film are the homeless who rarely have a voice in Hollywood.  Their stories are told with empathy, emotions and at times so raw, you almost feel like you are watching a documentary.  While flawed, The Soloist manages to pull at your heartstrings.  Some might argue the flick is too political or agenda driven, but in these dire economic times it is refreshing to not see glamour and fantasy. 

Within the storyline of Ayers and Lopez there are some incredibly taxing moments, but this is a plot-heavy film. No big explosions or special effects, just a strong script and good acting. Even when the movie gets extremely slow, it's a film that has a huge soul and keeps the spirit in every scene.

Robert Downey Jr. gives a strong performance and it's good to see him in a less comedic role, which is what he is known for. Jamie Foxx is just as strong, but at times his delivery feels like comedy. Nonetheless, when Foxx goes into those dramatic moments, he turns off any elements of a stand-up comedian and shows why he is an Oscar winner.  However, I have a feeling the critics are going to be tough on Mr. Foxx.  It's one of those performances that you either love or hate.  I loved it.

Overall, not a perfect film but The Soloist has enough passion and sincerity to grab any audience.

The Soloist is in theaters today.

Written by Clay Cane

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