A surprisingly (refreshingly) original indie comedy that dares to blend the kaiju genre with a hacked-off-bangs, quirky hipster comedy atmosphere. Taken off guard by the originality, though it was a little too long and saccharine.
The first two acts nicely set up and build upon an intriguing and well-delivered premise, which thankfully plays by its own rules. When the focus switches in the third act, the resulting tonal change had me twiddling my thumbs, irritated at the missed opportunity.
With themes including addiction, abuse, self-loathing, malaise, ambition, feminism, and global politics (phew) this was structurally and tonally a complete mess. Not to mention that as a genre "sci-fi" works almost exclusively on a clear set of delineated rules... just saying.
Good fine fun though it may be, COLOSSAL is also a startling work of real genius. As a recovering alcoholic myself, I cannot think of any feature this side of Abel Ferrara that has so indelibly captured the full apocalyptic scale of my own selfishness and self-pity. It also happens to remind me of a poem I once wrote about Jorge Luis Borges. Hathaway has that boss haircut. This is a real feast of calibrated info!
I'm of two minds concerning "Colossal's" ridiculously misleading marketing campaign. On one hand, it was such a pleasure to be surprised by the story's many twists and turns as they unfolded in the theater. On the other hand, I have to feel that promoting the film as a quirky indie comedy belies the fact that "Colossal" is one of the best movies about toxic masculinity and addiction that I've seen in quite some time.
Wanted to like this but instead felt alienated by it. Hathaway is strong and the film is peppered with fresh, original dialogue at times but also falls down badly in other areas leaving me unable to buy into the supposed reality of the fantasy. I loved Timecrimes for it's simplicity and low budget approach to a great idea. For me it was a superb sci-fi and I hope Nacho can find that richness again. 2.5 stars
Vigalondo's scripting excels here in a genre mashup that actually breaths originality. Anne Hathaway is brilliant here supported by an able cast but what is interesting is they all basically play self-loathing unlikeable characters. Though the film has a few logic gaps the endgame is quite satisfying.
The first twenty minutes of this film reminded me of Swiss Army Man in the regard that I struggled to get on its comic wavelength and thought I was in for a film that was going to dance around its characters and events. Again, I'm proud to be wrong. Nacho Vigalondo creates a metaphorically rich, if overwrought, story of personal turmoil, consequences, with a tinge of foreign policy and creates something original.