My viewing of “The Soloist” recalled how cruel Fate can be to nice people. It placed the homeless, especially the mentally ill ones, in my face and forced me to deal with this unfortunate reality. Then it ushered me a quick glimpse of the world of classical music. “The Soloist” spins both topics as subplots around a remake of the Joseph story in the Book of Genesis. Undoubtedly, this movie will vibrate the full range of your emotions. Now recall the Joseph story.
Joseph had a special gift. Subject to a grip of jealousy, his brothers sold him into slavery. While in service, Joseph endured and emerged a powerful ruler. Years later, upon confronting his brothers he said:
“Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 46:19-21
“The principal characters in this engaging movie are Nathaniel Ayers, played by Jamie Foxx, and Steve Lopez, played by Robert Downey Jr. Ayers is a modern-day Joseph. Fate plays the composite characters of Joseph’s brothers who sells him into mental illness.
Like the Biblical Joseph, the young Ayers is a very talented person. To carve out a life as a musician, he abandons the distractions of his world, elevates the great composers to prophets of the god he seeks, masters their techniques thereby developing his musical talent, to earn enrollment in the famed Julliard School of Music. To continue click this link.