From all the hype I’d heard about this movie, I’d hoped it would be better than it turned out to be. However, it wasn’t good, at all. The story line was non-existent. You may disagree, but I saw this movie as one big long sappy story, without a point, or a happy ending. It felt like it dragged on, without any reason to. This whole movie could have been summed up in about twelve minutes, without wasting my entire afternoon watching it.
The production was poor, at best. I rated it a whopping one. This should have been done much better, considering who the director’s father is (Francis Ford Coppola). The way it was filmed was boring, it looked like it was the film project of a high school kid, trying to impress his parents or his friends, in some way or another. Maybe it was just the fact that it was flimed in Tokyo, and everything looks like a mocked up Times Square, but it seemed like every shot was exactly the same. Either it was the hotel they’re staying in, or out in the city, or the bar of the hotel.
The story line, also, was disappointing. Maybe because it was so built up to me, that this was the movie to see, I don’t know for sure. But seeing as how Sofia Coppola had written as well as directed, I think that’s part to do with my disliking of it. I think she did a poor job at this production. My feeling is that, if you’re going to write and direct a movie, at least make one with a plot, and a story. And I felt that this movie didn’t have either. Don’t get me wrong Murray and Johansson did a decent job. But there’s only so much that you can do, with a crap screenplay. Apparently, Coppola (the daughter, not the father), had written the part of Bob Harris specifically for Bill Murray, and had said that if he refused the part, she wouldn’t make the movie. I think, that would have been best, if he didn’t do it. I felt this movie was a lot like Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, only not as good.
I’m not sure what it is entirely about this movie that I didn’t like. I just felt like watching it, there should have been more. Maybe some gargoyles coming up and killing someone, or some gun play, or Harry Potter casting a spell on someone to turn them into a toad.. But nothing shocking happened. There was no twisted ending, there was no “spoiler” as some other people reported. There was just nothing to make me want to recommend this movie, to anyone. I’m not even sure I want to mention that I’ve seen it at this point.
Would I recommend this movie? Yes, to someone I hate and want to ruin their day. To someone I like? No. Not in the slightest.