Saturday, 4 June 2011

Gigantic (2008)



Director: Matt Aselton


Starring: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman, Edward Asner, Jane Alexander, Ian Roberts, Robert Stanton, Clarke Peters, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Mary Page Keller, Zach Galifianakis, Brian Avers, Sean Dugan, Frank Harts


Starting with a nice montage leading to the opening scene with the idea of two rats in a water tank one gives up the other doesn't. Brian Wealthersby (Paul Dano) is visiting his college friend Larry Arbogast (Brian Avers) who is conducting an experiment studying the rat. While catching the ferry back to his work place Brian gets attacked by a homeless guy (Zach Galifianakis). The attack is seemingly for no reason but Brian has to give up.


Brian work in a mattress factory sales warehouse with his boss Roger Stovall (Clarke Peters) and Kevin Blue (Daniel Stewart Sherman). Roger is old wise man who seems to be like a mentor for Brian while Kevin is the delivery drive and is a bit on the slow side. On this day Al Lolly (John Goodman) and his assistant Gary (Sean Dugan) come into buy a mattress. Al is very too the point and agrees a price quickly and leaves.


Happy (Zooey Deschanel) comes to pay for the mattress and is shocked at the price but soon falls asleep on it leaving Brian to wait for her to wake up. On the day of the Delivery Kevin's partner is off sick so Brian goes along to the Lolly residents. Turns out they are rich and have an awkward question to ask Brian. They ask Brian to drive Al to the back doctor as he thinks something is wrong with his back. Happy comes with them and proposes they have sex while they wait. Brian is left wondering what is next for him and what will happen with Happy.


Brian is in the middle of trying to adopted an Chinese from Kenyatta (Frank Harts) and is starting to get impatient with all the delays. His family are supporting him through the process his parents Kirby (Edward Asner) and Barbara (Jane Alexander) also helping him are his brothers John (Ian Roberts), James (Robert Stanton). The guys are out on their yearly tradition weekend in the woods.


With a mixture of colourful characters and to very different families can Brian and Happy have a relationship? Will Brian get his baby? and why is the homeless guy attacking Brian randomly?


This is a nice romantic comedy without any silly laugh out loud moments. Paul Dano plays a very simple role playing an everyday man who seems to be underachieving. Zooey Deschanel plays a quirky lady who seems a little out of each conversation but always wanting to achieve something from her life. Both Paul and Zooey give great performances with all the support cast giving good performances that help build and support the lead characters as the story unfolds.

It's always good to see an indie comedy as the story is always more important than the laughs. The story has fresh side to it which gives it good value on the originality scale. The soundtrack also gives add to the story being told very well.



My Rating is 83%

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