Colossal (2016): A Monstrous Gem

“Colossal” is directed by Nacho Vigalondo, who also directed V/H/S Viral, a movie that currently has an unfortunate reality of earning a combined total of 4.2 on IMDb. This movie stars Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises) and Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers) and is about this alcoholic girl named Gloria, she is forced to leave New York City at the start of the film, and return to her hometown. When this is all going down, there is a monster attacking the city of Seoul, South Korea, and this girl eventually realizes that she is connected to the event.

I’m willing to bet many of you reading this review are wondering what the hell this movie is, and if you did click on this review eager to find out more, boy am I gonna tell ya more. I mean, I’ll do my best to avoid spoiler territory, but I’ll tell y’all more, because to be completely honest, I loved this movie. My earliest memory related to this movie has to do with a review done by the YouTube channel Angry Joe Show. After seeing that review, I was curious to know more about this movie, I wasn’t eager to see it right away, but I was a tad curious to know more about it. My curiosity eventually lead to me possibly wanting to see it this weekend since the opportunity came up, and I’m glad I did. I actually had a motivation to go see two other movies this weekend. Those movies are “The Circle” and “Kong: Skull Island.” I would have seen “The Circle” on Saturday, but some stuff came up that got in the way, I would have seen “Kong: Skull Island” today, but weren’t many showings for it, and for the showings that were actually available, they would’ve ended up interfering with plans I had later. With that said, I think I made a wise choice with this film, plus, get this, it was $5.99 for each ticket dedicated to this showing!

Before we get into anything else, let’s get into the concept itself, as mentioned recently, a giant monster is attacking Seoul, but little does Gloria know she is connected towards the attacks. To my memory I don’t think I’ve ever seen a story like the one in this film, the closest movie where I think I’ve seen a story like this, is “Inception,” and I pretty much had a similar reaction to both this movie and that movie. If you want to know what I’m talking about, in both movies, there was at the very least one scene which had me drop my jaw making me totally speechless.

I want to talk about Anne Hathaway’s character of Gloria. The biggest thing I want to get into discussing is her alcoholism. In the movie, I’ve barely seen it actually take place before certain moments, which was kind of tedious to watch at first, trust me, watch the movie to understand what I’m talking about. As this repeated in the movie while time marched on, I became more tolerant of it and thought there was actually good storytelling behind it because it actually made me ask less questions and it just made the film consistent (in a good way, not in an annoying way) in the long run. I’m also gonna make a comparison here. If you remember one of my reviews from last year, I saw the film “The Girl on the Train” which was based on a popular book that to be completely honest I actually never read. In that movie, the main character of Rachel is also an alcoholic, which actually seemed to play quite a bit into the story. What am I getting at here? Between these two movies, this movie conveyed its main character’s alcoholism better in my opinion and it made the story flow more naturally, there are other people in this movie who drink too and it affects them as well and it made the movie more interesting. In “The Girl on the Train,” I wasn’t that engaged to begin with, and from watching the Everything Wrong With video from Cinemasins on the movie multiple times, I’d say Rachel’s alcoholism and selective memory in the movie made the movie boring and frustrating to watch. By the way, if you want to read my review for “The Girl on the Train,” the link for it is down below, check it out. Performance-wise, I’d say Anne Hathaway did well, and I feel more for her character as the movie progresses.

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I also want to get into Jason Sadeikis’s character of Oscar. This character was actually an old friend of Gloria’s, they went to school together when they were younger. At the age which he’s represented in this movie, he’s working at a bar and he actually offers a job to Gloria, to which she actually takes. It was kind of engaging to see their relationship form throughout the movie to the very end.

 

As far as the monster goes in this movie, it didn’t really look like anything new, I’m not mad about that or anything, but still, I thought I’d bring that up. In terms of CGI, this monster does look fine. And one thing I will say, when it comes to some of the stuff that goes down in the movie which just so happens to be monster related, you don’t even see it go down at times, which doesn’t really piss me off. Why? See the movie to find out what I mean, it’s rather innovative and made me put my hand toward my face at a time or two. One more thing, the way that Gloria finds out about her connection to the monster, was engaging and just made me want to see more in the movie.

I actually went to see this movie with a friend of mine, and when we came out of the movie she actually uttered that this was almost like a message to avoid consuming lots of alcohol, to which I say it kind of is, but I don’t really think that’s what the folks behind the film were going for. To me, alcoholism is just something that simply appears in this movie to move the plot along. With that said, I’d say the way it was displayed in this movie, all in all made the movie better. Also, it’s kind of funny towards the end, which of course for your sake, I won’t get into.

Guys, I will say, this is one of the most original films I’ve seen in awhile. I’ve seen monster films, I’ve seen s*it go down in them before, but I don’t recall seeing anything like this. Before going to see “Colossal” I thought this movie was going to be original. Did I get that? Yes. But you know what I also got? Surprised. Why am I surprised? The movie itself is shockingly more complex than I expected, and the way this complexity played out made me a fan of the movie and its brilliant storytelling. I’m gonna give “Colossal” a monster-sized 10/10! As far as I can tell right now, I have no problems with this film, I mentioned the whole alcoholism thing being somewhat jumpy around the beginning of the film, but that actually became likable as the movie progressed. I love this movie, I cannot wait for the home video release, part of me wants to go watch it again right now. Guys, thanks for reading my review of this masterpiece, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” comes out next weekend, I hope to see that as soon as possible, and I also hope at some point soon, I can go see “The Circle.” Stay tuned for more reviews, and PLEASE, support this film. The tickets for the showing I went to were $5.99 per ticket, part of me hopes to go to a later showing next time if I see this again in the theater to pay more in order to support this amazing movie. Scene Before is your click to the flicks!

One comment

  1. Mrs Ellis · April 30, 2017

    A 10 out of 10 is pretty impressive Jack

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