While searching for his next story, Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr., stumbles across a Julliard trained musician who is also homeless and suffers from mental illness. The Soloist took me on a journey that I was unprepared to take, though I feel I am better for having taken it. This movie was moving and poignant. The Soloist allows you to take a hard-nosed look at homelessness and mental illness in America, and at the importance of friendships in our lives. More pointedly, The Soloist allows you to reassess your views on all three.
I highly recommend this movie but, be prepared to be positively touched on an emotional and mental level. Jamie Foxx gives a riveting performance as Nathaniel Ayers and Downey's portrayal of Lopez is spot on! This movie delivered more than I ever expected. I will watch it again and again.C.K. Webb