From the desk of The Movie Snob.
Columbus (C). Here’s an artsy little film for you. It’s about a couple of lost souls whose paths cross in the little town of Columbus, Indiana. (I assumed it was Columbus, Ohio the whole movie, but what do I know?) One is a middle-aged Korean guy named Jin (John Cho, Star Trek Beyond), who is there only because his famous-professor father happened to be in Columbus when he had some kind of severe health crisis. Now he’s lingering in a coma in the local hospital, and Jin is kind of stuck. The other is a Columbus native, a recent high-school grad named Casey (Haley Lu Richardson, The Last Survivors), who is stuck there because her mom is a recovered meth addict and Casey’s afraid she’ll relapse if she goes off the college. Having met over a cigarette, and having a lot of free time, they hang out together and have intimate but awkward conversation about things—like Columbus’s renowned set of modernist buildings designed by famous architects I had never heard of. The set-up is kind of like Lost in Translation, now that I think about it—older guy, younger woman, thrown together for a while by fate. Anyhoo, the movie has gotten good reviews, but I’ll confess I was mainly interested in seeing if Richardson, a fresh new face I noticed in small roles in Edge of Seventeen and Split, has any acting chops. She and Cho were both good, but the movie is v-e-r-y slow and artsy, and it did start to feel a little long after a while. Parker Posey (Waiting for Guffman) pops up for a couple of scenes as a former student of Jin’s father (and Jin’s former crush).