An absurdly inventive monster flick directed by Nacho Vigalondo starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Here is my review…
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NYC and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. (IMDb)
As I mentioned in the little excerpt at the start, this movie is brilliantly inventive and truly absurd. This is a hard movie to review for me for fear of ruining it for you. But I will do my best to try and preserve the inventiveness for you when you do watch it.
Colossal has a very down to earth tone which I really liked considering the dichotomy of it being a sci-fi creature feature as well as a drama. It has some dark humour to go along too which somehow fits really weel within the world created for the movie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie quite like this before.
The performance from both the leads was spectacular. Anne Hathaway plays an alcoholic trying to piece her life together. But there is a subtle sincerity in her performance that makes sure her character remains a protagonist and doesn’t become unlikeable. Jason Sudeikis proves that he has layers beyond what we’ve seen from him before. This may well be the best performance of his career.
What held this movie back for me is the jarring tonal shifts. This movie surprises you at every turn in the story. I appreciate this way of storytelling and it works most of the time, but sometimes it felt really jarring and had me scratching my head a little bit. There are some tonal shifts in the story and with character motives that felt abrupt and unwarranted.
Overall, despite Colossal being a creature feature, at its core, it tackles some real world issues. it is a story about alcoholism, facing your inner demons amongst others that I will leave for you to experience making this movie an ambitious effort at combining these two aspects. Huge props to Nacho Vigalondo for coming up with such an original and imaginative story.
Parts of the movie that do work, work really well. So much so that I can forgive that jarring tonal shifts. Colossal attempts at showcasing how necessary it is to confront your demons regardless of how hard the fight may be.
My Score: 3.5/5 – A great pick for inventive storytelling. It is very important to support such original movies.
Colossal is out in cinemas in most of the world right now and comes out here in the UK in wide release on 19th May. Please watch this as soon as you can; you will not be left disappointed.