Life can be boring.
I get it. Life cannot always be interesting when you're watching from the outside. If I were in a movie right now, would the audience care that I'm sitting at my kitchen table typing away on my computer? Probably not. I'm enjoying myself, but the audience wouldn't be. That's how I felt watching Somewhere.
Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a jaded Hollywood film star who's taken up a bit of a residency at the famous Chateau Marmont. He just breezes through his life with alcohol and prostitutes, and even though he's filthy rich, he doesn't seem happy. He receives a surprise visit from his lovely young daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) and now Johnny is forced to decide what is more important, his meaningless existence, or being a good father to his daughter.
If Somewhere had moved any slower, it would've been going backwards. We're given countless scenes in which nothing happens. Just long drawn out takes. I can appreciate a long take when the person/place in it can speak volumes with only a simple look. Stephen Dorff isn't capable of doing that. I'm not saying films shouldn't have these natural scenes, they should, but one should be aware of how much time they are actually taking. Elle Fanning quite literally lights up the screen whenever she's on it, but even her scenes are few and far between. Is it unfair for the eleven year old to have to carry the movie? Because that's what she ended up doing when she was on screen. Everything else just felt boring and useless.
Memorable Quote: "I don't know if mom is ever coming back.." Cleo (Elle Fanning)