Columbus
Year:
2017
Country:
USA
Genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy
IMDB rating:
7.6
Director:
Kogonada
John Cho as Jin
Reen Vogel as Hotel Cleaner
Lindsey Shope as Sarah
Alphaeus Green Jr. as Tour Guide #1
Rosalyn R. Ross as Christine
Caitlin Ewald as Bartender
William Willet as Maria's supervisor / love interest
Wynn Reichert as Miller House Tour Guide
Jim Dougherty as Aaron
Rory Culkin as Gabriel
Parker Posey as Eleanor
Storyline: A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.
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Reviews
Long, tedious cigarette commercial
It's bad enough that this movie is so sloooooooowwwwwww and that the conclusion is obvious long before it arrives. What makes it really bad is that every character, at every critical moment, lights a cigarette. It's obvious that they got money from the tobacco industry!

I object to gratuitous smoking. If the plot leads to lung cancer, that's fine. But what this movie does is tell the audience that the way to deal with stress is to light up a cigarette. That makes it a cigarette advertisement, which used to be banned (and still should be!)

Apart from that, if you need a good nap, go see Columbus, If you sleep through any of it you can figure it out.
2017-09-16
Gorgeously filmed
First thing is first. This is a gorgeously filmed work. It doesn't have much in the way of landscapes or grand sweeping shots. Instead, it perfectly captures the intimate setting and feeling that the characters are going through on their emotional journey. Many of the shots are static, but the focus and position of the camera in relation to where the characters are is usually very impressive. In terms of content, this is a very slow paced film that I definitely don't recommend watching when one is the least bit tired. It has a lot of interesting thematic material and subtext going on throughout that would surely be missed, and that material is strong and pretty brilliantly delivered. The performance are authentic and genuine as well, and in terms of overall power, the film definitely makes an impact.
2017-10-30
This is one slow film
100 minutes never seemed so long. The architecture of Columbus, Indiana, does not receive enough screen time. The characters in this movie need a great deal of analysis, since they seem to be in funk most of the time. The dialogue is the opposite of crisp. You could take a nap between some of the speeches, as the actors attempt to add depth by simply speaking very, very slowly about pretty mundane things. Hard to figure out who some of the characters are. A great deal of humor involved in just asking if mother is on meth. Over and over. It was no funnier the fourth time. OK, it is an art film. Maybe that explains why it is so hard to follow. Interesting sounds and camera angles will entertain film students. If you want a good story, go elsewhere.
2017-09-04
Something Was Missing
Columbus is written and directed by Kogonada, and it stars John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson. In this movie, Jin (Cho) is a Korean-born man that has to travel to Columbus, Indiana after his father went into a coma. During his time there, he meets a young American woman named Casey (Richardson), and they both form a connection.

You want to talk about a disappointment? After seeing its Tomatometer score at 97%, and then reading the reviews that called it one of the best movies of 2017, I took that as a positive sign. And yesterday, I saw a Facebook post of someone really raving about it. So I commented on it, saying "I'll be watching that tomorrow". I wanted to believe that guy's word on it, and I really had high hopes for this movie. So as you can see where this is going, I just never felt connected with the majority of Columbus. And it's a shame, because it just got added on Hulu, which meant that I didn't have to spend $5 on an iTunes rental. I don't know what happened, you guys. It just didn't click with me like I was hoping it would. It's not like it was a terrible film. The actors are very strong, and I really liked the choices on the directing and cinematography. I think the pace of the story was moving too slow for me, and it wasn't catching my attention consistently. I literally had to pause the movie about 8 or 9 times, because I had other things I was thinking about or doing that this couldn't pull me away from. And it's not like the story or screen writing was bad. It just lacked that element of engagement that I wanted to feel.

I want my indie romance films to connect with me and make me care about the characters and what they're going through. It was like they were missing that part, at least in my opinion. It's not a bad film, but it was a disappointing one that I really wanted to like more than I do.

Eh, it happens.

Score: 49/100

Recommendation: Any fans of indie romance films will have better luck with the story than I did.
2017-12-05
soul-searching at its finest
Greetings again from the darkness. The first feature film from Korean writer/director/editor Kogonada provides intimate and revealing slices of life that are somehow simultaneously familiar, thought-provoking, and enlightening. There is so much going in this seemingly quiet little story that we are left thinking that it could easily have been split into 2 or 3 movies.

Haley Lu Richardson stars as Casey, a local girl who works in the library and as a tour guide. She's clearly smart, and readily admits to sacrificing her future for the responsibility of looking after her mother (Michelle Forbes) – a recovering addict to both meth and "s***heads". Her exchanges with Gabriel (Rory Culkin) carry the weight of intellects-in-development, as well as strained attraction that is regularly shut down through sneakily awkward and uncomfortable moments. Their back-and-forth on reading, video games and attention spans is one of the best on-screen exchanges we will hear this year.

The film begins with an elderly man having some type of seizure, sending him to the hospital and canceling his scheduled architecture presentation. His son Jin (John Cho) arrives from out of town and the next morning has an initial inelegant crossing of paths with Casey. The lack of connection between the two transforms in a beautifully written and photographed scene the next day. Shot from the other side of the window glass with no audible dialogue, we witness the moment Casey lets down her guard and Jin becomes enamored. It's a unique and wonderful scene – so quiet, yet it changes everything.

Columbus, Indiana is the other star of the film. Its famous modern architecture is featured prominently throughout as Casey guides Jin to her favorites. Their corresponding conversations, usually while puffing on cigarettes, gradually become more detailed and more revealing. Doorways, bridges, windows, and buildings become part of the conversation, and crucial to the look and feel created by cinematographer Elisha Christian.

Mr. Cho captures the stoic nature of a son inconvenienced by a Korean culture that requires him to be present should his father die. He is miffed by the need to 'adequately grieve' for the man who never put his own life on hold for his son. Ms. Richardson is the revelation here. Having seen her in SPLIT, THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, and THE BRONZE, it was obvious she had screen presence, but here she shows the depth and range that portends a long and varied acting career. Her slumped shoulders and panged expression are spot on for a 19 year old who is too smart for her situation, yet too young and unworldly to know how to forge ahead.

Kogonada proves himself a sly storyteller as well as a master of visual setting, utilizing language, architecture and above all, conversation. At one point, Jin asks Casey "Are we losing interest in everyday life?" This filmmaker is doing his part to keep us aware and interested.
2017-08-03
Gorgeous, Touching, Maybe the Best Film of the Year
I was drawn to the film from having spent a few years living in nearby Bloomington (which gets an early nod in the film) and gaining an interest in Columbus and its odd placement as an architectural mecca while there. The story of why Columbus stands in this position isn't addressed in the film but is worth looking up, because I think it's an interesting story. This is beautifully shot. The real Columbus is not quite as charming as the film leads you to believe (though I will say that Indiana is generally not given the credit it deserves in terms of natural beauty), but I'm certain they'll gain some tourist visits simply due to how well the city was framed throughout the movie. Everything about how this film is shot is so atypical of most films. For instance, shots are reused multiple times, but they're reused to convey a passage of time and to sometimes separate scenes. There's a shot that's used again and again of a well-lit, cubed-windowed bank building, but it's not until near the end of the film that the other side of the building is revealed, and it's all shown to be much more subtle and understated than what we had previously seen: there's a parking lot, an ATM and a sign for the bank. It looks scarcely different from other banks framed this way, at least to the point that most people would not notice it, but I think that's a point the director was trying to make in reference to the characters. Then there's the alley with the bench. This shot is used at least five times throughout the film, and appears to be used to mostly to provide the viewer with a sense of the time of day. The alley is not significant to the plot. It's a very interesting technique that I found really enjoyable. For performances, I think this has made me a John Cho fan, when before I just saw him as Harold. I don't know if it's totally intentional or not, but I found his way of speaking throughout the film resonant of a typical non-native English speaker who has learned to speak English fluently. I guess that sort of describes Cho himself, but I don't get the same sense when I hear him in other movies. There's a subtly stunted flow to his speech and occasional awkward distance between words that's contrasted further by the quick drawl (she did a pretty good job of replicating the Kentuckiana accent of the region) of Richardson's character. I don't know if I'm giving him too much credit or not, but this would be quite a feat if he had actually pulled that off. I also have to mention Parker Posey, of course, who is superb in everything she graces her presence with. She doesn't disappoint in this, playing the wealthy, architecture aficionado spinster so well. I think this could easily be disregarded by some as a film about architecture, mostly because the majority of the dialogue revolves around that subject. But it's not (I mean, you'll probably learn a little about architecture indirectly). It's also not a sappy love story, which I believe the trailer unfortunately conveys. There are such beautiful, genuine moments in this from the unfolding stories of the characters' lives, and it's all punctuated by the beauty of the architecture. It's weird and hard to convey without spoiling the plot of the movie. If this is in your area, please go see it. This deserves to do well and to be seen.
2017-10-16
Pretty, but pretty uneventful...
Must start by saying John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson are great in the film. Haley Lu Richardson is especially watchable in this.

For me the film was just way too pedestrian. It's a very thoughtful film and mature in it's feel. But if you had to sum up the film to a friend I'd struggle to actually say what it's about. Architecture? Relationships? Both I guess. But I didn't personally feel that's enough for a full length film.

I kind of enjoyed it but if I'd skipped the last half I don't feel in any way I'd have lost out on anything memorable.

Arty, but really it didn't make me think about anything other than trying to find a point to it. Maybe this is a film for film students and film festivals.

Well made and nice looking with good acting, but pretty thin.
2017-10-28
An unusually great movie (because of/ in spite of) its very slow pace.
I really enjoyed this movie, even though it was easily the slowest paced movie I have ever seen. I'm not sure why this worked. It was almost as if the movie gave the viewer time to think about the characters because there were so many pauses in dialog. There was a mysterious "real life" experience to watching the movie, unlike any I had ever had before, and I found myself thinking about the characters for days afterwards in the way I might think about a puzzling friend. "Columbus" should have been boring, but it wasn't.
2017-10-02
A lot to like about this movie, but it has too many flaws
OK, I agree that this is a slow, minimalist movie. But that could have worked in its flavor. The buildings and the landscapes in Columbus, Indiana are stunning. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the music is beautiful and peaceful. At times I felt like I was meditating. If you like documentaries about modern architecture, I can definitely recommend this film. In fact it often seems more like a travelogue than a drama.

The problem lies with the script and specifically with the character of Casey (Haley Lu Richardson). Even though she's in almost every scene and has quite a bit of dialog, I still could not get a handle on her character. Every time I thought I was beginning to understand her, she would do something or say something weird or crazy. Is she supposed to be borderline mentally ill? I couldn't decide. Does she really want to study architecture or is she just rehearsing to be a tour guide? I have my doubts whether she can make it in college. Too many personality issues.

Richardson is an appealing actress, but I'm not sure she was the right choice for this part. Perhaps another actress could have made Casey's character more relatable. (Maybe it's just me, but I've never liked it when actors smile a lot while they are talking.) In the end neither of the main characters was likable or interesting.

I liked all the dialog about philosophy and architecture. But the rest of the dialog didn't reveal enough about the two main characters or their relationship.
2017-11-08
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