We really didn't know much about this film a few months ago and then our buddy Roddy Bottom (from Imperial Teen and ex-Faith No More keyboardist) told us he was scoring it then we became interested. Then he told us the cast of Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel and John Goodman and our interest was totally piqued.
What a delightful surprise "Gigantic" turned out to be. The film was full of splendid ambiguities - some that seemed to confuse some audiences afterward - but all of them hallmark of great writing. What a fantastic new voice director Matt Aselton and his writing partner Adam Nagata are. Dano stars as a quiet almost-30 something with an obsession he's had from early childhood - to adopt a Chinese baby ("He cried on his 8th birthday when we got him a bike instead," his father, played by an enormously terrific Ed Asner says.) Dano is haunted by a might be real or not dirty homeless man (Zach Galifinakis) who attacks him at random times of the day - and leaves very-real physical bruises and pain. He also works in a warehouse selling mattresses (with his co-worker, the very wry Clarke Peters from "The Wire.").
Roddy Bottum's score we're happy to report was super lovely, and he's surely going to get noticed after this one. It was also nice to bump in to him randomly at "The Wrestler."