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.
I am reviewing this movie as a stand alone movie with little comparison to the Disney animated classic most people are used to. Providing you with info of this movie and how entertaining it is rather than compare the two will give you more insight on what to expect and if this live action movie is worth watching at the movies.
Any story translated from animation/comic/video game to live action I look for one thing: How close they are on likeness in looks and mannerisms. Anything else regarding the movie is fair game. You can change the story, how it ends and begins, back story, etc. They picked a great cast for this movie. The casting of Le Fou played by Josh Gad and Lumiere played by Ewen McGregor were spot on in my opinion.
The production sets and costumes on the characters were pretty good. Definitely looked like a Disney film. The CGI effects of the household items looked really good. The beast looked great. There were times I couldn’t tell if it was all CGI or if it was a costume.