Saturday, August 29, 2009

Movie Review: The Soloist

Journalist Steve Lopez is looking for a new story and stumbles upon one when he befriends Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man with a violin in the streets of L.A. He wonders what his story is. How did he come to be here and homeless and also such an accomplished musician?

We learn through flashbacks about Nathaniel's life. He was a musical genius as a child and chose to play the cello. His family life was pretty rough; his parents divorced. We learn of his descent into his mental illness of schizophrenia where he couldn't function on his own at school nor with his sister who tried so desperately to take care of him. He found that the voices became silenced outside and on his own.

This is also the story of how Steve Lopez learned how to be just Ayers's friend and not his savior. They both learn and grow from knowing each other and that journey is scary, yet beautiful.

This is a fantastic movie and a gorgeous story on the reality of mental illness. This is important since understanding of mental illness, especially serious types such as schizophrenia are still so misunderstood in society and I feel that this was one more step towards this understanding.


  1. I too posted about a violinist today, though mine is a 16-year-old girl living at the end of the 17th century in Venice and the protagonist of the last book I read! What a coincidence. Lovely post. I'd like to see this movie. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've been debating back and forth about whether or not to rent this movie.Great review-you've convinced me to put it on my netflix queue.

  3. I hope you both see it! If you do I'd love to know what you think!

  4. I really liked this movie but I was so sad to think about all of those homeless people.

  5. Thanks for reminding me that I need to add this to my netflix list!

  6. this is on my netflix queue too. did you read the book?


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