The Soloist (2009)
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Shane’s Rating ****
Shane rented The Soloist (2009) in an attempt to get me to put the book down lol. I really enjoyed it. The film tells the true-life story of Nathaniel Ayers, a former cello prodigy whose schizophrenia landed him on the streets after two years of schooling at Juilliard. He randomly meets Steve Lopez, a journalist stuck in a dead-end job. Steve’s marriage to a fellow journalist had recently come to an end and Steve is wandering through LA’s Skid Row when he notices a bedraggled figure playing a two-stringed violin. The more Lopez learns about Ayers, the greater his respect grows for the troubled soul. How could a man with such remarkable talent wind up living on the streets?
This was a heartwarming movie with a realistic look at mental illness and how it can lead to homelessness. Most importantly it shows the power of friendship and understanding. The acting is phenomenal. I’d highly recommend watching this.