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Nacho Vigalondo
Nacho Vigalondo
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens
April 7th 2017 (limited)
110 minutes
Comedy, Romance

Gloria 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 realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

RATING: 2.5 STARS

I heard that Colossal gained a lot of praise when it was first released during the Toronto and Sundance Festivals. Much of what was said was how original it was and how the actors did such a great job with their roles. The movie was described to be a dark comedy, which I would agree up to a point.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS MOVIE:

• A monster trying to destroy Seoul
• An alcoholic who is trying to make sense of her life
• A boyfriend who can’t deal with his girlfriend
• A guy from the past trying to make it back to someone’s life

MEET THE CHARACTERS:

Gloria the alcoholic
Tim the control freak
Oscar the boy from the past

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ABOUT COLOSSAL:

I liked the concept of this movie. However, I really didn’t get what the purpose of the movie is. I mean, it could be about relationships and how past ones could affect how someone deals with their future relationships. The entire movie could also be a allegory for dealing with addiction, about how one struggles from it, try to move on from it, then that decision in the end as to whether you would give in to the temptation of succumbing back to the old habit that you so hardly try to break away from. These are just my assumptions though. It could be anything. It really frustrates me that I can’t pinpoint what exactly the message this movie had. Could be nothing and I’m just overthinking shit.

• While I am a bit upset about the “what-the-hell-is-this?” aspect of this movie, I really enjoy the performances of the actors in this movie. I thought Anne Hathaway brought a nuanced performance as Gloria, as does Jason Sudeikis. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Dan Stevens who also gave a great performance in this for the little screen time he had.

• While I liked the actors and their performances, I don’t think any of the characters were memorable. I didn’t really care much for them either. You understand their decisions and why they do the things they do, but you could never sympathize for any of them, or at least, I couldn’t. Let’s put Gloria as an example, she is an alcoholic, but if you ask me why she was an alcoholic, I won’t be able to tell you because the movie doesn’t show you that. I would have wanted to know why, because with that reason, I would have been able to understand her more and probably feel more sympathy for her.

The score was great. I thought it fit well with the movie.

• Cinematography-wise, I think this was a good looking film.

• It had a pretty steady pace, which I liked. You are at the same pace as the characters in this movie while they themselves are trying to discover what the hell was happening in Korea. I didn’t think it jumped or rushed into anything.

• The big reveal on what happened and why Gloria and Oscar could do those things was a bit of a letdown. Know that there is a kaiju involved in this. This kaiju is wrecking havoc in Seoul. I have no problem with that, only if the reason why they were there, made sense. There was a tiny bit of visual exposition towards the end, but still, it’s pretty weird and unrealistic. Given having monsters destroying a city still feels unrealistic at this point, but at least make me feel that it would be possible.

• Gloria was an okay character. She had flaws that were justifiable. Oscar is the character that I had problems with the most. It was never explained why he did what he did years ago. It doesn’t make sense. The shift between his character was just mind boggling.

• It was too weird, and this is coming from someone who love weird and quirky movies.

The movie ends with you questioning yourself as to whether all of this should be enough for Gloria. Like I mentioned earlier, I think all of this is an allegory for overcoming addiction, and in this case, alcoholism for Gloria.

FINAL JUDGEMENT:

I’m into weird movies, but this one is just too weird for me. I’m not saying it’s bad. It just didn’t make sense. It wasn’t a bad film. It just isn’t the movie for regular movie audience like me.

Performance-wise though, I thought Anne Hathaway and the rest of the crew did a good job. They were pretty convincing in their roles.

The concept was good and could have been executed better.