This review is very
late because this movie has been out since last summer so I was glad to
see it was still in an area theater.
The last movie I saw
was The Last Samurai so it was interesting to see these two movies
"side by side."
First thoughts while I
watched this movie was that I wanted to run out into the country and look
at trees and sky. Fortunately, the movie provides a "green scene" when Murray is hitting a golf ball and when the
Johansson is in Kyoto walking among the temples.
The movie works at one
level, the humorous level, concerning situations where language and
culture don't connect. Murray does a great job of keeping a straight
face in the many, funny scenes where he is placed.
The deeper level is of
course the questions regarding the feelings of Murray and Johansson's
characters--and the movie does a great job of showing their "many
feelings such as loneliness" when not in the comfort of the familiar.
For example, she
experiences a possible future when she finds out about the "Midnight
at the Oasis" woman.
"youth" again, possibly times of laughter when he was with his
wife "before the kids." Instead of focusing on him, his
wife is more concerned about the carpet samples.
The camera work makes
you "feel" the "action" in the characters'
In many ways, there is
a lot more action there than watching a chase scene.
The film excellently
portrays how in our lives, many things get "lost in