Colossal – Indie Dramedy Meets Kaijus

Coming into Colossal I didnt’t know much about it. The only thing I really knew about it was that Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis were in it, and that there is a huge monster that is somehow attached to them. I wasn’t familiar with the director’s previous work either, so I was truly going into this film knowing nothing but hoping for the best. This film premiered at TIFF in 2016, and ever since it has made the rounds in other big festivals like Sundance and Fantastic Fest with a a lot of buzz behind it.

So with its unique premise and huge buzz surrounding it, did Colossal live up to the hype? For the most part, I would say yes.

Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:

Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

This film was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondowho’s most famous for making Timecrimes back in 2007. It stars the aforementioned stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis as Gloria and Oscar, as well as Dan Stevens as Timwho plays one of her love interests.

Right off the bat, the thing that impressed me the most about this film was how well the CGI looked. When I found out this film was partially about Kaijus, I was scared because I expected the special effects to look horrible, since it is an indie film, but it actually looked flawlessly, and that took me by surprise in a great way. Another great thing about this film is how well they handled the tone. This film jumps around from indie dramedy to romance film to monster movie many times, but it mostly manages to feel cohesive and whole, which is very impressive.

However, the times the tonal changes don’t feel cohesive, it feels very jarring, and it distracts from whatever the film is trying to accomplish. A perfect example of this is a twist that happens midway through the film, where a certain characters turns out to be different than we expect them to be. This sudden change of character felt very odd. I went along with it, but it was very confusing as to why this character turned out to be this way, since there weren’t any hints beforehand that would explain why this would’ve happened.

In conclusion, Colossal is a very good and entertaining flick. It is certainly something I’ve never seen before, for better or worse. The performances by Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis were really good, and displayed a new side of their acting capabilities for both of them. Although this film was very entertaining to watch, it also took many risks, and some of them sadly didn’t pay off for me. Regardless, Colossal is one of the most unusual films of 2017, and I can’t wait for what writer-director Nacho Vigalondo will cook up next.

Final Rating – 3.5/5

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