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WOW! An extremely self-assured debut. I dont think there was really any part of this movie - be it the acting or the writing, and certainly not the cinematography - that was lacking in any major way. Beautiful story. Hayley Lu continues to prove that she's one of the best on-the-rise actresses.
At this very moment Elisha Christian could probably win best cinematography outright for Columbus.
If you're into modernist and brutalist architecture, interior design, and creative camera angles, this is the movie for you. If you're into plot, significant character development, or anything resembling action, it isn't. A beautiful film, just not one where a lot happens.
Columbus is a slow-paced and quiet film that uses the modern architecture of Columbus, Indiana, as a metaphor for absence. Modernism, and its link to the zen aesthetic also evoked, uses a balance of presence and void that mirrors the characters' situations. John Cho is the son of an architecture professor in town to see his dying father, a man we never see beyond a silhouette. He befriends a Haley Lu Richardson, a young woman with an unknown future before her and undependable mother the camera never wants to linger on. Geometric cinematography and lyrical sound design support a slew of conversations between them, and suggest things and people missing from their lives. Each building used has meaning, much of the foreground text is elliptical. The acting is great. It's a character study, well served by all these elements, even if the plot, such as it is, may leave one wanting more. And certainly, I would have spent more time with these characters. And as an aside, I'm stoked that John Cho is breaking barriers for Asian actors being leads in American films (here and in the upcoming Searching).
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