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Somewhere
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Apr 20, 2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Sophia Coppola

Actors:
Stephen Dorff
Elle Fanning

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Johnny Marco is a big name Hollywood star on the outside and a lonely, tired and depressingly sad soul on the inside but before he wastes away to nothing, an unexpected visit from his eleven year old daughter pulls him back from the brink of madness long enough to remember hes also a father.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
SOMEWHERE certainly is an odd piece of cinema. Sofia Coppola is a unique sort of visionary (loved THE VIRGIN SUICIDES) but I felt a bit lost coming into, watching and trying to dissect the ending, of this movie. Im totally down with depth acting, inner turmoil and intellectual pull but you know that feeling you get while watching a film like that, the feeling that something will undoubtedly happen to tie everything together and make sense out of the chaos? Well, that didnt really happen here. The opening sequence with Dorffs character driving his badass ride aimlessly around in circles out in the middle of nowhere was a cool jab in the right direction but sadly thats one of the biggest things this film lackeddirection which is a damn shame because I really thought it actually was going somewhere.

I like Stephen Dorff, thought he was the man as far back as JUDGEMENT NIGHT and was then convinced he was man once I saw S.F.W. He fell off the radar for a bit and then came back strong as Deacon Frost in BLADE (still waiting on that spinoff yo!) and then again in DEUCES WILD. I actually met the guy at a club in Toronto about five years back and the dude was super cool, he took a picture with me and did a round of Jagerbombs with me, my girlfriend and all our friends. Hes the soul of this film and plays a partied out actor in a way Ive never seen before. The first ten to fifteen minutes have no real dialogue save for the music being played by twin strippers dancing on poles at the foot of his Dorffs bed (portable stripper poles delivered straight to your bedroom, now thats partying like a rock star baby).

To be honest, there really isnt much dialogue from Johnny Marko at all, he spends most of his alone time boozing, getting wrecked on pills or simply spacing out and looking utterly alone. This is a very depressing look into the potential life of Hollywood actors and actresses and comes off as one of the most real portrayals of bittersweet numbness Ive ever seen. The only thing saving Johnnys tormented soul is his eleven year old daughter Cleo (played wondrously by Elle Fanning) and though they dont get the amount of alone time I wanted to see, their chemistry is flawless and so very sincere. Watching Johnny slip out of his trance to watch Cleo ice skating was a truly beautiful scene and certainly made me believe in him as a father.

SOMEWHERE tries to take us on a journey to well, somewhere but unfortunately never gets there. The film has a terrible pace and many scenes seem to just drag on forever. Johnnys downward spiral seems averted when he allows himself to get close to his daughter but then it all comes into question when the film ends the way it does. Clearly this ending can be taken differently and interpreted in numerous ways but I guess I felt like there should have been more, like what I got wasnt really a resolution. This sort of witty insight either works or it doesnt (which totally depends on the viewer) and for me it just didnt.
THE EXTRAS
Making Somewhere: What they tell you; Dorff is obviously impressed by Sophias talent and calm attitude, so he says he went above and beyond to nail this character for her. What they dont tell you; is how many strippers and pole dances they had to sit through until they found the perfect fit.

Previews: There are a total of eight trailers to choose from, none of which are for the feature film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I like films that try to peel back layers of intellectual intrigue but sometimes the message gets lost in translation (sorry, I just couldnt help myself). Johnny Marco is a cool character and although you can tell there are countless thoughts racing through his mind at any given time, the audience really isnt privy to many of them and thats a shame as Im sure he had lots to say.

Extra Tidbit: I even forgive Dorff for being in a Britney Spears video. After all she was smoking hot back then. I sure hope he hit that.
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