Colossal is directed by Nacho Vigalondo, staring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. The eccentric story of Gloria; an alcoholic who moves back home from New York as she tries to gather her life back together. Upon her arrival back home she learns a Godzilla esque monster is rampaging through Seoul only later to discover- somehow- she is the monster.
In 2006 we saw her work for a monster; now in 2017 we see Hathaway become the monster. Well past her glory days writing for Runway, Hathaway dresses down on this occasion to become the intoxicated burnout Gloria. Strongly lead, Colossal reminds us our love for the perky actress as she adds more cards to her playing hand with this wacky yet fresh performance. Complimented by fantastic supporting talents - especially from Sudeikis - Colossal starts with eccentric energy but ultimately falls victim to the classic 'it's all about the journey, not the destination'.
The film makes immense efforts to do big things with its wacky premise; particularly with a not so colossal budget of 15 million dollars. However there isn't enough weirdness or energy to allow the film to be anything truly special. Colossal sets out as the zany comedy as promised but ends up not knowing what exactly it wants to be, so we are given a dry indie comedy that neither surprises nor concludes.
This bizarre picture has good intentions and creates a believable character and story but the end result just isn't that special. Unusually it gives us too much of Hathaway's relationship and not enough of her interactions with the monster. About half way through the film, it starts too loose focus on its main point and ultimately becomes something completely different than it first intended.
In the end Colossal starts small and aims big but ultimately starts big and ends small. Loosing focus at odd points and consisting mainly of dry humour. It has a few monstrous moments but there is a lot of thought to come from Colossal. Even if it doesn't end up the instant classic that was promised.
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