Colossal has flown way under the radar this year, likely due to an amalgam of an under-emphasized release and the absolute insanity of the premise; but those who stumble upon this film and decide to watch will not be disappointed; it's an incredibly quirky sci-fi experiment about abuse and self-hate, told from the perspective of the brilliant Anne Hathaway, who controls a monster running amok in Seoul, South Korea.
I really like this kind of movie: funny, entertaining and well put together. The sci fi add to the indie-genre combines geek-n-freak very well, actually. Is it something to be rewatched and remembered? No, of course. But it works just fine as a popcorn session. Extraterrestrially cute.
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.
Colossal is an odd combination of both Young Adult and Pacific Rim... This was one of my most anticipated films of the year. It had an amazing cast and a really intriguing premise. However, I couldn't help but walking away disappointed. All of the cast does a great job, but Hathaway really steals the show here. Vigalondo squanders a truly compelling story with what turned out to be a mostly forgettable film.
A remarkably original take on the monster movie trope with a more psychological study on what it takes to suppress the monster within to take down the external monster that is handled with a humorous and somber edge that is delivered through Anne Hathaway's ability to convey pain, insecurity, and courage all in one.
I love an absurdist preposterous idea in a film. defying logic or a sense of reality. this doesn't work as magic realism, kaiju film, or indie restrained drama. all the characters are unlikable, and quite honestly not that interesting. film goes from silly to sillier... nothing wrong with it, but the need to connect its two very different narrative threads just isn't here. it's two separate films sewn together.