Goodbye Solo – Movie Review
On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable friendship that will change both of their lives forever. Solo is a Senegalese cab driver working to provide a better life for his young family. William is a tough Southern good ol‘ boy with a lifetime of regrets. One man‘s American dream is just beginning, while the other‘s is quickly winding down. But despite their differences, both men soon realize they need each other more than either is willing to admit. Through this unlikely but unforgettable friendship, GOODBYE SOLO deftly explores the passing of a generation as well as the rapidly changing face of America.
Goodbye Solo is the kind of movie that people who love movies just love. The two main characters are Solo, a Senegalese cab driver and William, a grizzled, angry silent man about whom we know almost nothing. William is played by Red West who was Elvis’bodyguard. Solo is played by a man who is from Senegal, who didn’t actually even have a driver’s license when he took on the role of the cabdriver. Solo eventually befriends William. It’s an unlikely story of friendship, but I don’t want to tell you too much about it because I want you to discover it the same way I did, which is by getting absorbed in two characters who seemingly have nothing in common, both of whom are really lonely men. One has everything to live for and the other seemingly has nothing to live for and I would just tell you up front that this does not have a Hollywood ending. On the other hand, don’t miss it. Five stars.