Colossal – ☆☆☆
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell
Summary: A woman comes to realize she has a link with a monster terrorizing the city of Seoul.
I’ll tell you this okay, yes- I did want to see this film for the major reason that is because it is another Anne Hathaway film, and I am a life long fan of her work. However even when the film was first getting into production, I was quite surprised that a film of this kind would be of Anne Hathaway’s extensive filmography.
Don’t walk into this film expecting it to make sense. It kind of doesn’t and for some reason that works..really really well? It’s truly bizarre in the way I have to think about how this is an actual film that’s somewhat being pitched as a drama but when you explain the plot to someone else, it sounds like a comedy. And when I saw Jason Sudeikis in the cast, that’s what I thought it was anyway. I suppose you would expect this in the indie film genre, which wouldn’t really settle for the generic Hollywood blockbuster genres. As for the general aesthetic of the film, it works great throughout. Gloria’s hometown is depicted as sleepy and suburban as any other, which is why when you remember it’s about a woman who has a psychic link with a monster in Seoul, it seems so crazy and out of place for a film set in a town like this.
Anne Hathaway’s character of the alcoholic and out of control woman Gloria is crafted to fit Hathaway’s style of acting. Even with the fact that it does seem that Hathaway plays some version of the same character in many of her films, Gloria is perfectly suited for this one. While her character isn’t necessarily likeable in many ways, you’re kind of stuck with her, because everyone else isn’t that much better, and as the film goes on she show some more redeeming qualities.
Still, I walked out of Colossal having to really think about what I just saw. To this day I can’t tell if I liked it or not. I suppose I have to settle on it being one of those films you see as an experience but not really as a classic that is seen time and time again. Honestly, Anne Hathaway has had better films, however it isn’t to say that this film was a complete bust, but rather it’s just that maybe it wouldn’t be the most memorable one of her career.