Columbus (2017) "There are two things big in Columbus. Meth and modernism." Finally got around to seeing 2017's Columbus last night, a meditation on life in a small Indiana town that just so happens to contain a ridiculous wealth of modernist architecture. John Cho plays Jin, whose father is a famous architect who suffers a stroke in Columbus, forcing Jin to have to hole up while he waits for him to recover. Haley Lu Richardson plays Casey, short for Cassandra, a young local girl who works at the library and is obsessed with architecture.
The pair strike up an unlikely friendship, basically just padding around Columbus, looking at the architecture and talking about their lives. Casey's character is very similar to Kirsten Dunst's in Elizabethtown - a very similar and relevant movie, with its themes of Midwestern heartbreak, grief, and stasis - but nobody's anybody's manic anything in Columbus. No, here are two people killing time, in a way that's particular to small Midwestern towns.
The performances are incredible in Columbus, and the cinematography is TO DIE FOR. Was very moved by the way the modernist architecture was used to parallel certain emotional themes, like two bare joyces forever reaching one another, never touching. The use of space in this film is interesting, how every interior is lavish, lush, ornate, but seemingly behind glass. It's like time doesn't move forward, here, and that even lives are museum pieces.
Need to learn more about the architecture in Columbus, now. I get a little homesick sometimes, around this time of year, so a little #MidwesternPsychogeography
was much appreciated.
Beautiful film! 9.5/10 .
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