April 4 - 17, 2021 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLVII, No. 20
By Dedra Cordle
Hats on. Hoods up. Heads down. That
is what Art Jordan saw every time he
walked the hallways at Westland High
As the newly hired assistant principal
— he was promoted from Grove City High
School where he had been employed as
an English teacher since 2014 — Jordan
knew that it was his duty to fix at least
two of those sights immediately despite
how unpopular it would make him.
“It is against the school code to wear
hats and hoods on your head,” he said
with a laugh. “And not only is it against
the code, but it also makes it harder to
get to know the people walking these
halls, especially in an environment when
everyone is wearing a mask.”
In the beginning, all of the students
complied with his request. Rarely did it
“I found I would be asking the same
people the same thing all the time,” he
Eventually, that constant defiance of
the rule and request would turn into a
Rather than dole out the discipline,
Jordan decided to give them something
else instead — an ear to bend.
“I would take them aside, get to know
them, ask questions about what is going
on in their lives,” he said.
When they opened up, he discovered a
“They were all dealing with issues
related to their self-esteem,” he said.
Most of their feelings of inadequacy,
he added, stemmed from the hair on their
“Some have faced financial hardships
this year and their parents or guardians
could not afford to get them to the barber
shop,” Jordan said. “By wearing their
hats and hoods, it was their shield
against those who might make fun of
Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Art Jordan, the assistant principal at Westland High School, established a fully
licensed barber shop at the school to boost the self-esteem of its students. Here,
Mason Bailey receives a trim from Dimonti Stanley at Cougar Cutz on March 24.
Stanley and the other barbers at the shop volunteer their time and skill for this program.
them for their appearance.”
Jordan said he immediately felt a kinship
with these students.
“I know how important it is to feel good
When he was unable to visit the barber
when the pandemic was first introduced
to the state and businesses shut down to
slow the spread, Jordan said he felt like
he was spinning out of control.
“For so many of us, the barber is our
therapy,” he said. “When we put on that
cape, we feel important. We get to be
looked at, to be heard, to express ourselves,
advocate for ourselves, feel better
“It is a place where we get mentorship
and navigate life. When that place, or
that opportunity to get to that place, is
taken from us, we definitely do not feel
like our best selves.”
While brainstorming ways to help
boost these students’ self-esteem, Jordan
came across a news article featuring
Jason Smith, a principal at a school in
Indianapolis who gained attention for
using his skills as a barber to help a student
who was embarrassed by his back-to-
See COUGAR CUTZ page 2
on middle schools
By Dedra Cordle
In 2018, voters laid the foundation for
the South-Western City Schools District to
replace four of its oldest middle schools
and make renovations to another by
approving a 38-year, $93.4 million bond
issue to pay for its share of the second
phase of the Ohio Facilities Construction
Commission project. Now, that foundation
was that laid figuratively nearly three
years ago is being laid literally.
At its meeting on March 22, the board of
education was presented with an update
on the progress of the $193 million project
by a representative overseeing the construction
at all of the sites. According to
the official, they are no longer just “pushing
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The American Red Cross is calling for donors of all blood types
to race to give blood and help refuel the blood supply.
The organization will host a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. April
9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 1001 Doherty Road in
Galloway and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11 at Columbia
Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road.
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Aaron Choina perfects the zig-zag pattern for Unique Taylor.
“That story really struck me,” he said. “This guy
could have disciplined the student who was refusing to
remove his hat, but he spent time learning what was
wrong and came up with a solution to help.”
Then he had a light-bulb moment — he would try to
get a fully licensed barber shop up and running at
Westland. Jordan, however, knew would be nowhere
near the clippers, trimmers, shavers, or shears.
“I can’t cut hair,” he said, “but I can organize.”
With the blessing of the school and district, Jordan
asked his barber, Westland alum Jamekea Norman of
Dolc’e Cutting Bar, for advice on how to reach fellow
barbers could not only volunteer their time and skill,
but act as mentors to high school students.
“That was one of the most important aspects of this
program,” said Jordan. “We wanted that mentorship,
we wanted someone with an ability to bond with these
teens and raise them up by helping them look good and
When Norman posted Jordan’s idea and request to
social media, Dimonti Stanley and Aaron Choina were
immediately tagged by hundreds of people.
“I just logged on and saw I had been tagged in this
post about 40 times,” said Choina, a barber at Oohs
and Ahs Hair Design on the eastside of Columbus.
Since beginning their careers as professional barbers
several years ago, Stanley and Choina have garnered
a reputation as someone who is always willing to
volunteer their time and skills to those who might not
be able to afford a trim.
“I think it is incredibly important to give back to
people, to try to make the world a better place,” said
Choina, who often gives free haircuts to people residing
at homeless shelters.
With the certification by the state board pronouncing
‘Cougar Cutz’ as a fully licensed barbershop — “we
believe it is the first fully licensed barbershop at a high
school in the state,” said Jordan — and Stanley and
Choina on board alongside Norman, Andre Cray, AZ
Favors and Davessa Mattis, the shop opened in late
One of the first students to participate in the service
was Unique Taylor.
When Taylor, a freshman, heard about Jordan’s
idea, she said she was skeptical that it would work, but
“really excited” about the prospect.
“I think it’s really convenient to have a barbershop
in your school,” she said.
Taylor has visited Cougar Cutz twice since its
inception and has been impressed by the results each
“I’m feeling pretty good about myself,” she said after
Choina completed a zig-zag design.
Every student at the school is allowed to visit
Cougar Cutz, pending parental approval. The cuts —
primarily fades and tapers, no beard upkeep or eyebrow
designs at this time — are free but it does come
with a caveat after that first trim.
“I want them to set a goal,” said Jordan. “I don’t
want it to be grade based or have a letter attached to
it but for them to establish a small, personal goal.
“It could be as simple as coming to school each day,
or turning in an extra assignment, or checking their
attitude. It has to be personal to them.”
Since Cougar Cutz opened, more than 50 students
have become patrons. Jordan said he has felt a shift in
the mood of the school.
“We’re looking good and feeling good,” he said.
Jordan said he looks forward to the day where he
sees all hats off, all hoods down, and all heads up while
walking the hallways at Westland.
“These kids deserve it.”
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the sites,” said Michael Dingeldein, the
director of architecture and planning with
the Community Design Alliance.
While each site has been making headway,
he said the construction management
has been “a little more” focused on the
build project at Norton and Finland Middle
Schools as they have a less flexible schedule
related to the projected fall of 2022
“They’re the ones that have to be finished
in time to make the transition with
the demolition of the two existing buildings,”
The Norton Middle School site is considered
to be “the tightest” of all four locations,
“We are building right between an
active Prairie Norton and an active Norton
Middle School,” he said, “but we’re doing
The slabs have already been laid at all
four of the sites, with precast wall panels
currently being erected at this location and
masonry work underway.
The construction at Finland Middle is in
“about the same position as Norton is.”
“Things are going very quickly,” he said,
“and we’re making good progress.”
He added that construction has not been
impacted even though they are working
within three “active” school sites.
Due to Norton Middle’s proximity to
Prairie Norton Elementary and Finland
Middle’s proximity to Finland Elementary
and Franklin Woods Intermediate, the
parking lot area will be expanded at these
locations to allow teachers, staff, and buses
to share existing space.
Pleasant View Middle School, which will
be relocated from its existing location on
Kropp Road to Holt Road, is a site that has
posed a challenge to the construction managers
despite it being deemed a site that is
“easier to operate.”
“We have more to control,” he said,
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Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
will celebrate National Library Week from
April 4-10 with virtual events for the whole
family, plus a Checkout Challenge encouraging
CML customers to achieve 100,000
checkouts during the week.
Starting April 4, each person who
checks out one item or more will automatically
be entered into a drawing to win a
$100 gift card from Kroger. One winner
will be notified from each of CML’s 23 locations
after National Library Week. One
entry per person.
“This year, National Library Week truly
is a celebration,” said CML Chief
Community Engagement Officer Donna
Zuiderweg. “After months of hardship for
so many in our community, our doors are
open, and we want to welcome our customers
back and do what we’ve always
done: connect them with great books.”
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referring to the neighboring development.
“We have more dirt to disturb, more water,
more storm runoff.”
He said that issue has been mitigated by
creating storm control and water control
around the perimeter of the entire site,”
Runoff issues have also posed a challenge
at the new location for Brookpark
Middle School, which is being relocated to
the Beulah Park development.
“It was one of the sites I was most concerned
about because of runoff,” said
Dingeldein. “We have lots of residential
neighbors, we have lots of new construction
to the north of us in Beulah Park.”
In order to mitigate that challenge, he
said Ruscilli Construction developed a 200-
foot box culvert that spans the area that
accesses the football field.
Despite some runoff issues and the
unpredictable Ohio winters, Dingeldein
said that the construction progress is overall
“Everything is working well, it’s on time,
and I’m pleased with the construction operation.”
The exterior construction will continue
throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said that, if
all goes according to plan, they will be
working on the interior of the buildings by
winter of 2021.
All of the new middle schools are slated
to open by the start of the 2022-23 school
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By Christine Bryant
As a self-described young, rambunctious
Catholic kid, Jeffrey Happ was your typical
senior - ready to enjoy each day of his final
year in high school before heading off to
college at Miami University.
He didn’t necessarily think of himself as
a leader then. A member of the school football
and wrestling teams, he enjoyed stepping
up to the challenges that came with
these competitive sports. But he often saw
himself as any other student would - ready
for fun at a moment’s notice.
Others did see him as a leader, however,
even when that got in the way of a little
Happ recalls one instance, in particular,
when Joe Palazzo, a Bishop Ready graduate
and guidance counselor at the time,
stopped him in the hall and asked him to
step into the office of teacher and priest
“They said the word around the school
was that there was going to be a food fight,”
Happ said. “I knew all about it, was going
to be the center of it and couldn’t wait.”
The educators convinced Happ to call it
off, however, reminding him that he was a
leader in the senior class and had influence
over the other students.
“Can you imagine? I brought in extra
money for the milk. I was looking forward
to it, and then all of a sudden I have to
stand down,” Happ said. “I didn’t want to
be a leader in that moment, but then I had
to step up and make sure everyone had to
About a year ago, Happ saw Palazzo at
the funeral of late-football coach Paul
Nestor, and Happ says Palazzo remembered
that day during the 1983-1984 school
year as if it happened yesterday.
“We started talking about that day, and
he remembered it exactly,” Happ said. “He
said, ‘Jeff, you were a leader whether you
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Fast forward nearly 40 years from the
day that the epic food fight was supposed to
take place, and Happ is once again taking
on new leadership duties - this time,
though, far more reaching than the walls of
the high school cafeteria.
In February, Columbus Mayor Andrew
J. Ginther appointed Happ as the new fire
chief for the city of Columbus.
A 1984 graduate of Bishop Ready High
School, Happ is a 27-year Columbus
Division of Fire veteran who worked his
way through the ranks. After becoming a
firefighter in 1993, he later served as a
lieutenant, captain and battalion chief. He
is also a Certified Ohio Peace Officer
Trainer for Homeland Security in bombs,
explosives and incendiary devices.
“I’m extremely passionate about the fact
that I can work in my hometown, where my
roots are and that my kids grew up here,”
One of his goals is to increase the number
of women and racial minorities within
the fire department and to create a more
“Our diversity numbers were down
below 10 percent,” he said. “My goal in the
next five to 10 years is to get it closer to at
least 30 percent.”
In the two fire academy classes he has
overseen since becoming interim fire chief
in May of last year, that number has
climbed to about 12 percent, he said.
Happ says he also wants to place a
greater emphasis on mental and physical
wellness for all first responders.
“My goal is to increase mental and physical
wellness opportunities so that when we
do retire, the trauma that we have seen
over the years doesn’t destroy our quality
of life,” he said.
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Muskingum dean’s list
The following local students have been
named to the fall dean’s list at Muskingum
University in New Concord, Ohio:
Savannah Montgomery from Columbus
and Kathryn Golden from Galloway.
Freed-Hardeman University has
released the names of students who made
the president’s and dean’s lists for the fall
semester. Joanna Andrick, a sophomore
undeclared major from Galloway, has been
named to the dean’s list. Cheyenne Slane,
a junior in general studies major from
Galloway, has been named to the dean’s
Madison Murry of Columbus has been
develop leadership training so once existing
officers get promoted, they go through
recurring training each year.
“This brings fresh new looks to all of our
leadership and allows them to be constantly
aware of the ever-changing world so we
can keep up with it,” he said.
In his role as fire chief, Happ says his
greatest inspiration comes from lessons he
learned from his family as a child and those
who influenced him during his time at
Bishop Ready High School. He also often
refers to his favorite scriptures, Matthew
22, verses 37-39, that say to “love thy
neighbor” and to love God “with all thy
“Show value in each and every person
you meet,” he says. “People need you and
they trust you. Show great value to that
names in the news
named to the president’s list at
Youngstown State University for the fall
semester. This list is awarded to students
earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Murry is majoring in exercise science.
UF dean’s list
Alison Shutt of Columbus has been
named to the dean’s list at the University
of Findlay for the fall semester.
Miami University recognition
•The following westside area students
were named to the president’s list at Miami
University: Jacob Winslow, Kellar McCloy,
Lucy Chappell, and Rachael Binion.
•The following Galloway area students
were named to the dean’s list at Miami
University: Natalie Ekstrand and Sydney
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Trustees looking for bids to operate
the sports complex concession stand
By Amanda Ensinger
Prairie Township officials are still considering
bringing in an outside vendor to
run their concession stand at the Galloway
Road Sports Complex.
At a recent board meeting, Prairie
Township Administrator Rob Peters asked
the trustees to issue an RFP (request for
proposal) to bid on the project.
A conversation about what to do with
the concession stand started in the fall
when the board heard a presentation by a
local entrepreneur interested in turning
the stand into a mini restaurant.
“I noticed at the Galloway Road Sports
Complex that there were people set up in
tents selling items while the concession
stand sat empty,” said Rob Connors. “I
wondered what was being done with the
concession stand and if there was an opportunity
to utilize it more.”
Connors presented to the board a proposal
to lease the concession stand and
turn it into a restaurant the players, coaches,
families and visitors could use while
they are at the facility.
“We would call it the Snack Shack and it
would be more than a concession stand,” he
said. “We would sell your typical concession
stand items like candy, pop, and hot
dogs, but we would also sell more specialty
items, like barbecue or fried items.”
Connors said that as families are rushing
around after work to get their kids to
their soccer or baseball games, they may
decide to grab dinner at the Snack Shack.
As a coach himself, he knows that families
are sometimes rushed to get their kids to
practice or a game and thinks having a
restaurant at the Galloway Road Sports
Complex would help families with picking
up a quick meal and checking one more
thing off their ‘to do’ list.
“Having a restaurant on site that they
can easily go pick up a meal will be really
convenient for them,” Connors said.
In January, Peters said the board was
still considering the proposal.
“Staff will make a recommendation to
the trustees on the options for operating
the Prairie Township concession stand,”
Peters said at the time. “The trustees will
then determine if we operate as a township
facility or contract with vendor.”
However, now the board has agreed to
bid the project out and then review proposals
and make a decision.
In other news, the board approved
spending an estimated $17,500 on the 2021
catch basin cleaning program.
“This is only an estimated cost,” Peters
said. “This is a valuable program for preventative
maintenance for the township’s
storm sewer infrastructure.”
around the westside
Prairie Township history sought
The Southwest Franklin County
Historical Society is in the process of
updating its website on Prairie Township
and is looking for historical photographs
and stories of that area. Individuals who
are willing to share information or photos
are asked to email pictures and information
Of particular interest would be any
information of old buildings and/or businesses
in the communities of Alton, Rome
“We also have conflicting information
about the early railroads that passed
through Galloway,” said Jim Hale with the
historical society. “Any information on that
topic would be helpful.”
e Big Library Read
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
is participating in The Big Library Read, a
digital book club set on a global scale to
introduce and connect as many passionate
readers as possible to eBooks. The program
allows owners of digital eReader devices —
and holders of CML library cards — to
instantly download a specific eBook or
eAudiobook with no waits or holds.
Starting April 5 and ending April 19,
“The Art of Taking it Easy” by Dr. Brian
King will be the featured title.
For more information, visit columbuslibrary.org.
Free produce market
The Mid-Ohio Foodbank and the
Knights of Columbus Santa Maria Council
#2898 will host a free produce market the
fourth Friday of each month through the
end of October at St. Agnes Church, 2364
West Mound St. in Columbus. The food
pantry will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. For
additional information, email Kevin Miller
Breakfast at the Lodge
to benefit Special Olympics
The Westgate Masonic Lodge #623 is
preparing breakfasts once a month to benefit
the Special Olympics. The public is
invited to have breakfast the second
Saturday of each month at 2925 West
Broad St. Adults eat for a donation of $6,
children age 3 and above pay $3. Serving is
from 9 a.m. to noon.
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Culture Pass program expanded at CML
Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
offers its cardholders free admission to
select central Ohio cultural institutions.
The Culture Pass Program enables CML
customers to borrow passes just as they
would a book - using their library card.
This onetime pass, which must be checked
out in person, grants customers limited
free access to institutions that would otherwise
charge admission fees.
CML piloted the program in 2018, offering
culture passes to Franklin Park
Conservatory and the Wexner Center for
the Arts. Since then, CML has worked to
expand the number of participating organizations.
Newly added this month was the
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
“With the help of our community partners,
we’re working to expose all central
Ohioans to the many renowned cultural
gems we are fortunate to have at our
doorstep,” said CML Chief Community
Engagement Officer Donna Zuiderweg. “As
a public library, our role is to ensure equal
access to all, and that goes well beyond
Current participating cultural organizations:
•Columbus Museum of Art: Passes
available at all CML locations
•Columbus Zoo and Aquarium: Passes
available at CML’s Main Library and
Barnett, Driving Park, Franklinton,
Hilltop, Karl Road, Linden, Marion-
Franklin, Martin Luther King, Northern
Lights, Northside, Parsons, Shepard and
•Franklin Park Conservatory: Passes
available at CML’s Driving Park, Martin
Luther King and Shepard branches
•National Veterans Memorial and
Museum: Passes available at CML’s Main
Library and Barnett, Franklinton, Martin
Luther King and Parsons branches
•Ohio History Center: Passes available
at CML’s Karl Road, Linden, Northern
Lights and Northside branches
•Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus
Museum of Art: Passes available at all
•Wexner Center for the Arts: Passes
available at all CML locations.
The culture pass program offers each
participating institution the opportunity to
select which specific CML locations will
offer their passes based on the neighborhoods
and communities associated with
their outreach, diversity and inclusion
goals. Therefore, culture passes are only
available for in-person customer checkout
at the specific locations listed above.
Culture passes cannot be reserved like traditional
library items, however customers
can check their availability at columbuslibrary.org
by typing “culture pass” into the
catalog search bar.
Each participating organization offers
their passes to CML and its customers for
free. CML does not purchase passes as it
does with traditional library materials.
Each organization sets its own rules for
how many individuals are covered under
its passes and on which days the passes
will be honored. Partner organizations also
set the number of passes allotted to each
designated CML location. Many of the participating
organizations remain closed — or
open in a limited capacity — due to the coronavirus
pandemic. Therefore, customers
who check out a culture pass are advised to
call the organization ahead of their visit for
hours and rules, or to redeem their pass for
a timed ticket.
For additional information, visit columbuslibrary.org.
Ways to celebrate Earth Day
Earth Day is a celebration of the planet
that people, plants and animals call home.
First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day was
established to demonstrate support for
environmental protection, and events are
held each year on April 22. It is now coordinated
globally by the Earth Day Network
and celebrated in more than 193 countries.
People may wonder what they can do at
a local level to make Earth Day a larger
part of their lives. Here are just a few great
ways to embrace Earth Day.
•Make it a point to bike or walk to
school or work. If conditions are prohibitive,
carpool to cut down on traffic. The
fewer cars on the road, the less emissions
in the air.
•Recycle e-waste in your home. E-waste
is considered outdated electronic appliances
that are no longer used. The
Environmental Protection Agency suggests
e-waste is the fastest growing waste
stream in the world.
•Invest in a reusable coffee cup or water
bottle. This can reduce the amount of trash
that ultimately ends up in the environment.
•Connect with nature by turning off
electronics for the day and getting outside.
Head to a park or nature trail and immerse
yourself in the great outdoors.
•Do something as simple as switching
paper statements and bills to e-bills and
online invoices. This reduces reliance on
trees for new sources of paper.
•Grow some edibles in your home garden
or even on a windowsill. This is a fun,
eco-friendly way to control the foods you
consume at home and a great way to save
money as well.
•Reusing and recycling does not just
pertain to water bottles and aluminum
cans. Find out ways to repurpose or share
items with others so they get more mileage.
Also, make use of sharing services like bike
sharing kiosks or Yerdle, an online community
•Volunteer your time at an organization
that has an environmental focus. Or suggest
a task with an eco-friendly slant, like
picking up trash from a beach, to a local
community group or club.
Earth Day is a great opportunity to get
involved with environmental efforts.
Hilltop History & Heritage
These photos were taken in December 1948 at the Sunoco Oil tank distribution
facility at Wilson Road and West Broad Street. Dorothy Suhayda shared the photos.
Her husband, John, pictured top left worked for Sunoco from 1946-1987. The second
picture on the top right shows a Sunoco oil distribution truck parked in the lot
with one of the large storage tanks to the left. Around this time, 55-gallon oil drums
inside the warehouse caught fire. The large oil tanks did not explode. No one was
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Columbus landed near Derrer Road to help fight the fire with foam. If you have a
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Thick grass is often a hallmark of a
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The Center for Agriculture, Food and
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Lawns suffering from ascochyta leaf
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Mulch is often connected with its
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Odenkirk saves “Nobody” from the unwatchable list
What does it take to be a believable
action star? Well, if we’re looking at past
examples, all it took was being a male with
a mountain of muscle and a spot-on oil
game to highlight the tan or that strategically
shorn tuft of hair on an otherwise
Throughout the years, however, those
characteristics of a believable action star
have changed, allowing a new wave of people
(women, even!) with less buffed and
bronzed physiques to share a place on that
mantle. The latest example is the great and
underappreciated Bob Odenkirk. With his
background in comedy and his most known
role being the morally dubious attorney
Saul Goodman in the “Breaking Bad” universe,
Odenkirk has never been given
many opportunities to be a man of physical
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action. After all, with his slight frame and
sweet face that seems like it would break
out into a sweat if he lied, he doesn’t exactly
scream “I can mess you up.” But he was
given that chance with “Nobody” and you
can tell he relished the opportunity.
Taken as a whole, “Nobody” is not a
great film. There is little substance and the
secondary characters are paper thin, but
the presence of Odenkirk is what makes it
watchable. He plays his role with vulnerability,
gravitas and slyness, giving the
audience a wink that while he is serious
about this role, he knows you’re watching
him and thinking “this is the guy they
chose for this role?” But that is what makes
the film somewhat compelling — he plays it
so well that if any other actor, especially a
known action star with muscles, had said
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yes it would be largely unbearable.
In this film, Odenkirk plays Hutch
Mansell, an ordinary man living an ordinary
existence. A montage shows that
every day is exactly the same — he wakes
up, jogs, passively aggressively does chinups
near a billboard with his wife’s face on
it, rides a bus to work, and stares at
spreadsheets for multiple hours while
working alongside his father-in-law and
obnoxious brother-in-law. It’s a normal life,
minus the chin-up thing, and he is mostly
OK with how quiet and simple it is.
But all of that changes one night when
Hutch interrupts a home invasion. After
startling the two robbers, one man and one
woman who seem nervous and unsure of
themselves, he calmly tells them to take
what they want and leave. In their mad
dash, they take a handful of loose cash and
items in a fruit bowl and his watch, but as
they are demanding his ring his teenage
son (Gage Munroe) tackles one to the
ground and chaos ensues. Rather than
unleash a smack down that you know is
bubbling under the surface, Hutch allows
them to escape, drawing the scorn of his
son, his wife, his neighbor, and the police
officer who responded to the scene. “If that
was my family…” he states.
Knowing that his actions, or lack thereof,
were correct for the situation at hand,
he soaks in the ridicule from his wife’s family
and accepts it at face value. But then,
when his daughter indicates that the robbers
stole her beloved Kitty Cat bracelet,
he snaps and goes looking for trouble.
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Unlike most characters in similar
movies, Hutch isn’t a man with a past who
is pulled back into the mix after a series of
unfortunate events. Instead, Hutch is a
man with a past who willingly goes back
into the mix after a series of unfortunate
events. And despite however ridiculous his
motives are, the movie is all the better for
it because it allows Odenkirk to shine —
and give shiners, among other things.
But despite however much enjoyment is
taken from watching Odenkirk get his
action game on, the movie itself does not
live up to the potential of his presence.
Overall, “Nobody” is not a film that
takes itself too seriously, which is always a
bonus in relation to action films, and it
does feature some excellent fight choreography.
But if the creators (who also created
“John Wick”) want to make the transition
into a franchise, they’re going to have to get
material that is better suited to fit the talent
of the actors and the audience starved
for an action film that is not completely
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