Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell
Production Company: Voltage Pictures
Runtime: 109 minutes
Every once in a while you come across a movie that’s really special. Colossal (2016) is definitely one of those movies. There’s something for everyone in this independent film, and you might just learn something before it’s through…
In the movie, Gloria (Anne Hathoway) is an irresponsible woman that has to leave behind her shallow party lifestyle and return home. When a giant monster appears in Seoul, Gloria quickly learns that she has a special connection with the creature.
The film is marketed as a sci-fi romantic comedy, but it actually has a lot of serious things to say about alcoholism. Characters in the film clearly demonstrate that being under the influence can make them oblivious to the consequences of their actions, and thus very dangerous.
There are also strong messages about abusive relationships, self-loathing and female empowerment. Gloria must deal with all of these issues over the course of the movie. Facing these situations leads to healing, and ignoring them leads to self-destruction.
That may seem pretty heavy for a giant monster flick, but there’s no need for concern. Everything works perfectly. Kaiju fans will definitely enjoy the amazing monster action. Some scenes reminded me of Pacific Rim (2013), and even Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
This is also a great film to watch with someone who needs a gentle push into a new genre. The movie touches on so many themes that there should be something for everyone. Elements of action, romance, science fiction, comedy, drama, and social relevance are all present.
It was especially fun to see how social media reacted to the giant creature in the movie. The coverage by the news media was also spot on for this kind of story. Throw in one of Anne Hathoway’s best performance and you have a real winner on your hands.
Colossal has a lot of twists that will likely surprise you. In fact, avoiding spoilers for this movie was pretty tough. The film changes course many times, and does so in very smart and emotionally pleasing ways. I would give Colossal my highest recommendation.
– John Migliore
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