Colossal review

Colossal is a bizarrely original mashup of a film. It mixes the Kaiju monster/sci-fi movie, with a rom-com, and then it changes again into a dramatic tragedy. It is truly original, but I also think that keeps it from being a must see as it never really knows what it wants to be.

This film MV5BMTY2NTExOTA2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMwMjE2MTI@._V1_UY268_CR1,0,182,268_AL_interested me right away after seeing the crazy trailer. They did a good job with the trailer as they kept it looking more like a comedy and not giving away a twist to the storyline. It is directed by Nacho Vigalondo and this is his first major English language film. Anne Hathaway is delightful as Gloria the unemployed alcoholic writer. She has the ability to psychologically connect to/summon a monster to wreak havoc on the other side of the world. I won’t give away the explanation as it would give away most of the film. I really enjoyed her work though as it is a return to the more quirky roles she used to do. Jason Sudeikis is perfectly cast as her “old friend from back home” that we all have. Dan Stevens also did a good job as the smarmy (ex-)boyfriend in the few scenes he had.

My main issue with this movie is the explanation we get for what is going on is somewhat thin and falls easily under scrutiny. It’s a fun concept but tries to be too complicated for what it was trying to say. It’s lack of identity kept me from loving it, and also makes it hard to recommend to others. It was interesting but just a little all over the place. Overall Colossal is a pretty smart film with some decent laughs and somewhat impressive CGI when you consider the relatively small (15 mil) budget. I think you should check it out, the performances alone are worth it, however you can probably wait until DVD/streaming/On Demand.

–Tony

 

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