• Guy Jeffries

Colossal Review


Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudekis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens.

Oscar nominated director Vigalondo is known for his strange and quirky dramas and this is probably the prime example, or the one that will get him really noticed by the masses. Down-on-her-luck, party animal somehow shares a connection with a giant monster that's terrorising Seoul. But it's much more than that.

Hathaway plays Gloria, a New York party girl is forced to return to her hometown in the suburbs and she awakens much more than her childhood memories. She bumps into her schoolfriend Oscar (Sudekis) who also has more his character than the cool, nice guy who welcomes her back and helps her get settled while they discover her weird superpower.

Is it funny? Not really. It's more of a drama that has it's little moments of comedy as oppose to being a funny drama. Whether this was intentional or not, it's actually quite serious. It's looks like something else from the trailer, starts off as the trailer to then suddenly knee-jerk and change into something else.

What this does do, is make the story totally unpredictable, though not necessarily in an entertaining way. The performances are good and they do well to keep the attention as you do wonder where they go with the story. Personally, I wanted to see more of the monster. I don't think there was enough, though it's a film of 109minutes.

It obviously delves deeper about our inner monsters and whilst the idea of it is quite clever and partly original, it wasn't enough to win me over and I soon became quite unattached to the characters. It apparently got slapped with a lawsuit by being too similar to Godzilla, but it really isn't anything like Godzilla.

I actually confused myself when leaving the cinema after this, not being sure of what I was expecting prior to watching it. But whatever it was I was hoping for, I got something else. Watching this was like going into a restaurant whilst unsure of what I want from the menu and walking out with a microwave.

An interesting idea, but not enthralling as the trailer might have suggested. What's hidden in the film is what I was expecting.

Running Time: 6

The Cast: 6

Performance: 7

Direction: 6

Story: 5

Script: 6

Creativity: 6

Soundtrack: 3

Job Description: 3

The Extra Bonus Point: 0

Would I buy the Blu-ray?: No.

48% 5/10

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