: The Soloist
I was expecting a weepy melodrama and I’m pleased to say that I didn’t get it. Instead I got a realistic portrayal of a mentally ill homeless musician and his journalist friend who tries to help him. We don’t get a sappy Hollywood ending, which both pleased and disappointed me: it’s perhaps not as satisfying as it should be, but it is realistic and I admire it. But ultimately the film has no answers and does not really go anywhere. It’s a good tale and worth seeing, and there are some excellent performances, but it’s not a film I’ll ever need to see again.