Review: Colossal is brave and bold but not for everyone

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 June 2017



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Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal tells the story of Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway, who after breaking up with her boyfriend, is forced to leave her hedonistic lifestyle in New York and return to her home town to start again.

At the same time, news reports tell of a giant creature that has materialised in South Korea and is laying waste to the city of Seoul.

Bizarrely, there appears to be a connection between Gloria and the actions of this mysterious far off beast.

With the help of her old school friend Oscar played by Jadon Sudekis, she must attempt to uncover the link between herself and the monster, while also battling her inner demons.

This set up is admittedly as weird as it gets, but it works superbly to begin with and the first hour plays as an enjoyable quirky comedy.

However, the film loses its way in the second half as it takes a very sudden and unexpected dark turn and morphs into a different genre completely.

Issues that were initially taken lightly, now become very serious and the swift switch of tones is jarring. Having said that I’ve been unable to stop thinking about this film since watching it, which is often the sign of something good.

Perhaps this film is just a little too ambitious for it own good.

It’s premise is brave and bold enough to forgive a lot of its flaws, and I would still recommend giving this movie a chance.

In a world of big franchise blockbuster sequels, this is refreshingly original.

Spanish director Vigalondo bravely explores issues such as jealousy, alcoholism and domestic violence in a film disguised as an off beat comedy/monster flick.

This won’t be for everybody but it has a big heart and open minded viewers will connect with it.


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