Tuesday, September 9, 2008
TIFF 08: GIGANTIC
I never expected to see a man getting savagely beaten in a romantic comedy. Last night, I saw Gigantic and was, well, surprised. Gigantic tells what appears to be a pretty normal romantic comedy story (guy meets girl, falls in love, seems like it won't work in the end, it works, the end) but adds so much extra that should have been cut from the edit that it is unbelievable. Gigantic does have some good performances though. John Goodman as Al Lolly, a very big and funny man, gives one of his best performances and Zooey Deschanel as his daughter gives a good performance. All in all though, with all the unnecessary (even according, in the post film Q&A to the director of the film) violence just falls flat but there is a good film in there with good performances, if only it could shine through and not get wrecked by a bad edit.