Trailer Watch: RDJ and Jamie Foxx in The Soloist

Working opposite the omnipresent Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx remembers how to act again, as the pair star in The Soloist, the (based on a) true story tale of a journalist (Downey) who discovers Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), a classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. Naturally, what the filmmakers hope will seem like an inspiring, transformative friendship ensues.

Director Joe Wright’s Atonement won a shit-ton of acclaim last year, which I can respect, although I strongly disliked the movie for more… ideological reasons — reasons I don’t believe any adaptation of the novel could get around. His Pride & Prejudice was also well-done, technically, though the film suffered from a much-too-short running time, especially in light of the nigh-perfect (and over twice as long) BBC/A&E co-production. But Wright’s stayed on my radar because seems incredibly gifted with actors and a strong visual eye. Will this story be able to get past the story problems that have kept me from fully embracing his other films? I’ll find out on <strike>November 21</strike> next year on March 13, 2009 according to Hollywood Reporter.

The L.A. Times stories by Steve Lopez that the film is drawn from are still online. (RDJ is Steve Lopez? Now he’s playing a Hispanic?!)

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 21:49 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by Nick
    on 2008-09-15 at 12:18
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    I was hoping this was going to be about masturbation but then I realized it was a remake of Finding Forrester.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-09-15 at 12:21
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    Yeah, it kind of feels that way.

    I’m more interested in reading the LA Times stories than seeing the movie.

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