Modern architecture can't save the film “Columbus” – Tucson Local Media

Yearly, a handful of movies are troublesome to observe resulting from a trio of fateful missteps. A standard denominator of those dreadful storylines is that they comprise toothless scripts with no capacity to chew and maintain viewers’ consideration. Lackluster plots on paper can’t even be saved by glorious actors and actresses placing their full weight behind the doldrums of uninspired dialogue.  An important journey of phrases from a compelling script can overcome dangerous appearing, however Academy Award-worthy performances can’t pull a poor narrative throughout the end line to massive display screen excellence…even with spectacular cinematography. Sadly, the directorial debut of video critic Kogonada fails in every of those classes.

Set in Columbus, Indiana, the self-proclaimed hotspot to trendy constructing architecture, this story begins off at a thoughts-numbing tempo and, but, someway will get even slower the remainder of the method. “Star Trek” (2009) helmsman John Cho portrays the 35-year outdated son to an city modernist taken ailing earlier than a speech to his architect followers. The unhappy, largely poisonous relationship between Cho’s “Jin” character and his dying Korean father by no means registers on the Care Meter as a result of sufficient display screen time isn’t dedicated to them—solely the byproducts of the elder’s imaginative and prescient upon the skyline.

One other confirmed younger star, Haley Lu Richardson from final 12 months’s profitable “The Fringe of Seventeen” and “The Bronze” twin billets, performs a highschool graduate holding again on an opportunity to observe her desires to remain in Columbus together with her recovering drug addict mom. Like Cho, Richardson’s display screen skills by no means emerge because of a low power script that at instances felt like some scenes may need been filmed on the fly, sans any route or phrases given out forward of “Motion!” Collectively, Cho and Richardson pose as tour guides for artwork symbols…however the distinctness of Columbus’ trendy trophies isn’t practically as nice as the film implies. Most cities and cities have iconic options with highly effective tales behind them. 

If there was ever a film that wanted a clown holding a purple balloon under a sewer grate, this was it. Between the extraordinarily lengthy film photographs and painful durations of random nothingness in discovered awkwardly quiet scenes, “Columbus” wastes treasured film minutes with self-injected boredom. Watching Richardson’s Casey silently make a sandwich in her kitchen capped a dozen like moments of shear insanity in manufacturing. It makes one marvel simply how dangerous the scenes which ended up on the reducing room flooring will need to have been. 

The speedy-hearth distribution of cigarettes handed out between Cho and Richardson made me marvel if “Columbus” was simply an infomercial for the nicotine trade. You could find fewer smokes puffed in Vietnam fight motion pictures. 

The agony of “Columbus” brings instant ideas of gargling shards of glass. Regardless of two established film faces, a dry script and story implodes this film’s construction…so stand again. Method again!

Grade: F

Patrick King is a resident of Tucson and author for the REEL BRIEF film weblog at  It's possible you'll electronic mail him at

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Modern architecture can't save the film “Columbus” - Tucson Local Media