DVD â€“ Rated PG-13
In Joe Wright’s The Soloist, Robert Downey, Jr. plays real-life LA Times columnist Steve Lopez in the film adaptation of Lopez’ acclaimed novel of the same name. The story centers around Lopez’ budding friendship with Nethaniel Ayers, a former Juilliard cello virtuoso turned homeless vagabond, played by Jaime Foxx. Ayers’ fall from grace is attributed to severe bouts with mental illness, and Lopez believes that he might be able to redeem himself for his failures in his personal life if he can help Ayers get back on his feet again. For those close to people who suffer from mental illness or who have been homeless for a prolonged period, The Soloist may bee tough to watch at times as it’s a very realistic film.