Which ingredients are essential for making a good film? Suspense? Humour? Good acting? How about we get right back to basics and consider a film’s need for a plot. Lost in Translation is severely lacking in this department. It has no beginning, no middle and no end. The film tells the story of how a young newlywed (Scarlett Johansson) has a chance encounter with a washed-up movie star (Bill Murray) in a Japanese hotel. They become friends. That’s it. Lost in Translation is perhaps the most overrated movie ever made. The performances are strong, especially Murray’s, and the dialogue is somewhat comical, but a masterpiece, it is not. It is almost a shock when the credits start to roll, because you have been sitting there for the past coupleĀ of hours still waiting for the movie to start. Although not a horrible experience, watching this film was a considerable waste of time, and should only be attempted as treatment for extreme boredom.