Last night I had the pleasure of watching a movie about a young woman and a monster who are linked together by unseen forces. No, I am not talking about Beauty and the Beast. I am talking about Anne Hathaway’s latest film Colossal which also stars Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens (who is also in Beauty and the Beast).
In the film, Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman with a drinking problem and no ambition had reality kicked her hard in the face when her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) broke up with her and kicked her out. With nowhere to go she returns to her hometown to try to start fresh. Meanwhile, in Seoul, South Korea a giant monster or should I say Kaiju is manifested and destroying the city. Gloria following the story discovers that the monsters actions are linked to her and what she does at a certain part of the day.
Now I know there is a movie out there, Pacific Rim, that I won’t mention, Pacific Rim, that sort of uses the same plot, Pacific Rim. Let me tell you that this movie is very unique, original, and it pays off. I would categorize this film as a comedy. Especially the way the marketing and trailer for this movie has shown but there is a bit of suspense to it as well. It does have an indie feel to it also. Don’t expect a ton of action or that this is some monster movie like Cloverfield or Godzilla. You will get your fair share but the movie is mostly riding on Anne Hathaway’s charisma to drive this movie.
I believe she did a great job in getting you to care for her character. Her dynamic with Sudeikis is great also. They both did a great job at keeping your attention. Their acting and chemistry was very casual and I liked that. I went in not expecting too much. The premise alone is something I was very curious about anyways but the movie took a turn that I didn’t expect. Towards the middle the movie’s tone sort of shifts a little darker and I didn’t know how to read that until the movie towards the end put everything together and it started to make more sense.
The design of the monster and the special effects I thought were pretty good. Wasn’t over the top and didn’t take your attention off from the important parts of the film. The look is creepy and threatening looking but still has this warmth to it that gives it a whimsical feel instead of a scary one. Kind of like a gremlin.
Just in case this is a make or break for you to know how this is happening and why is it her that is connected to it, you will find out how it happened but you won’t know why. If you are okay with that conclusion then this movie will not disappoint. There were a few plot holes and questionable actions from its co-stars and sort of unresolved scenes happening but overall this is an original idea everyone should get behind. This isn’t a remake, reboot, recalibration, nor an adaptation. Colossal is smart, witty, fun, and weird all at the same time which I think is a good thing. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows, ABC’s of Death) showed me there is hope and that original films still exist in the world of remakes and sequels.
4 1/2 out of 5
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