Somewhere—Universal

Video: 3.5/5
Audio: 4/5
Extras: 2/5

You have probably seen him in the tabloids; Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along. Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life and confront the question that we all must: which path in life will you take.

Somewhere looks pretty solid on Blu-ray. The photography is very natural and lacks the spit and polish look we see with so many films today. Colors have a very lifelike quality with no filters or stylization and contrast levels aren’t exaggerated. Fine detail can be slightly lacking and depth overall is average. While not a film I would go to for showing off high definition video, it still had a striking quality with its natural look that was easy to appreciate. The film’s soundtrack is a bit on the subdued side. There isn’t even that much dialogue in the film. Instead we get a pretty quiet mix filled with natural ambiance. The alt rock band Phoenix provides some tunes for the movie, but overall this is a pretty dry and tame mix.

Universal provides a short making of feature with interviews and on set footage.

This is really a hard film to describe. It lacks real drama and instead shows a snippet of ones life with no real resolve or reason. In some ways that makes it unfulfilling, but I still enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ll revisit it anytime soon, but I certainly wouldn’t call it a waste of time. Worth a rental.

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