Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. Events begin to spin out of control when Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Anne Hathaway (Gloria) shines in this black comedy about a giant monster that appears to terrorise Seoul (Korea).
A suspension of reality is required to accept the story that Gloria has control over the monster. Once you get over the likelihood of how this could happen (and put it down to a story akin to a Sci-fi movie) there is much in this movie to enjoy.
On one level the movie has aspects of spoof-ish humour which work well such as the movements of the monster and the news headlines reacting to the monster. On another level Colossal raises a number of issues and delivers more than the shallow trailer suggests. While delivering on a promise to not be disaster-movie intense, when Gloria shares her “dark little secret (like a lower back tattoo)” with her old school friend, intensity builds around relationships that unearth other issues.
The original idea in this movie is crafted well into a good story. Having said that, the movie had a Goosebumps feel to me in that it had a freakish quirky story that is bound to get a cult following.
More than simply a monster disaster spoof, Colossal addresses many issues and delivers more than expected. Apart from explaining more about how the monster is controlled, this movie ticks all the boxes, having something for everyone and is likely to be enjoyed by many.
Releases: 27th April 2017
Duration: 110 minutes
Duration: 110 minutes
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens
Director: Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows)
Anne Hathaway was in the second trimester of her pregnancy while filming Colossal.
The movie was hit by a lawsuit in May 2015 claiming it had too many similarities to Godzilla (2014)
Premiered at the Toronto film festival in September 2016.