The World on Four Strings

Stephen Acevedo

The Soloist hit theaters Friday, April 24, and both Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. contribute outstanding performances. As a matter of fact, I can’t picture any other two actors better for their roles. The movie is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers Jr. (Jamie Foxx), a musical (cello) prodigy, and his unlikely encounter with Los Angeles columnist writer, Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.)

I must admit, the beginning of the film does drag a little, but once Jamie Foxx appears on screen, the chemistry between him and Robert Downey Jr. makes it hard to turn away from. Most of the best scenes of the movie are when the two appear on the screen together.
The film, in relation to its music, takes audiences through an emotional roller coaster. Both sides of Steve Lopez’s and Nathaniel Ayers’s lives are well displayed. The film concentrates on Steve Lopez’s issues with trying to aid Nathaniel, as well as his unprogressive relationship with his ex-wife and son. Nathaniel’s story focuses more on the mental instability that prevents him from being in-tune with society and his life of poverty.

Along with a moving story about friendship, the movie digs deep into the roots of the negative aspects of our nation’s society and government. In my opinion, one of the strongest qualities the movie possesses lies within the lessons and morals it subtly preaches to viewers. Not only does The Soloist concentrate on the warm-hearted relationship between two men, but it also addresses the everyday overlooked problems of poverty and mental illness in our nation.
Unlike many other reviews for The Soloist, which state that the film lacks inspiration, I greatly disagree. I feel that in order to understand The Soloist, one must understand the beauty of music and appreciate the small things in life. People with no interest in music at all might find it hard to take in the whole experience of the film. The movie may also repel the interest of viewers with certain political tastes. If finding the solution to poverty is not on one’s “important things to change in our world” list, then they might also have a hard time digesting the gist of the film.
In all, despite what others may say about The Soloist, I encourage all music lovers to see it, even if you are not a die-hard music fan. I believe that the reality of the film will have audiences talking about real-life situations far after the credits end. The Soloist gets a B+ in my book.