Gigantic – Movie Review
Brian Weathersby (PAUL DANO) is a 28 year-old salesman at a high-end Swedish mattress company. The afterthought child to elderly parents (ED ASNER, JANE ALEXANDER), and the youngest son in a trio of successful brothers, a shady oil man (IAN ROBERTS), a surgeon (ROBERT STANTON), Brian is searching for his place in the world. Unfulfilled by his work he spends a good portion of his day pursuing his goal of someday adopting a baby from China. He gets swept up in a romance with the lovely but misguided Harriet Lolly (ZOOEY DESCHANEL) when she comes in to his store one day and falls asleep on one of the beds. To win her over, he must compete with her bear of a father, Al Lolly, (JOHN GOODMAN) an art-collecting loudmouth with a bad back and deep pockets. GIGANTIC is a funny, surreal love story about the anxiety that comes when two people with crazy families collide unexpectedly and fall for each other.
“Gigantic is a movie that is too cute by more than half, maybe by 80%. It’s got a very good cast including Zooey Deschanel, Paul Dano, Ed Asner, Jane Alexander, but it just tries too hard to be cute. I think it’s a story of a slightly paranoid young man who finds love, not necessarily with a girlfriend, but by adopting a Chinese orphan. But having seen it, I’m still not sure what the movie was about. Too cute doesn’t work. You actually need a cogent story.”