Eden’s review published on Letterboxd:
The first time I saw this movie, once the credits were rolling I sat in a corner of the room and tried not to cry while my friends stared at me wondering why I wasn't moving. Since then I have refused to re-watch this movie, and at the time of writing this I still haven't watched it.
I've always heard that the you never really move on from your first crush. My first crush was a girl who had bright red hair, was kinda into another guy, and was just as confused about the world as I was. She really helped me develop into the person that I am today and I have nothing but everything to thank her for that.
After about the first 20 minutes of this movie, I knew I was in for something that transcends emotion, at least for me. Bill Murray's character, Bob, felt like a perfect reflection of myself at the time. Everyone was nagging on him to do or say or be a certain way, when he truly wanted none of that. He would just drink away his life. Suddenly a woman starts appearing who seems like she's in a similar boat to him. They have various adventures that they go on. While these adventures aren't the biggest of things, like saving the planet from a big purple alien or an evil space wizard with a red laser sword, they were moments that bind people together. The first time people do karaoke together. The first time people drink together. The first time lay in bed together, not sex, just lay next to each other. Letting yourself become intimate with another person.
The movie starts with what feels like 3 hours of Scarlett Johansson's bum, which in most movies I wouldn't complain about if I didn't know going in that she was 17 when the movie was filmed. Yet maybe that's apart of the symbolic irony of the movie. Wanting to enjoy something when you know that you really can't or shouldn't.
"The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you."
The end scene, of Bob whispering something in Charlotte's ear, I never want to know what he says. I know what I would have said to Charlotte, or at least who Charlotte was for me, and the rest is just Lost in Translation.