At first glance this movie comes off as a romantic dramedy so I didn’t put much thought into it. Then I heard the magic word – KAIJU! That’s right, this is a romantic dramedy kaiju movie…
**Full Spoilers Below**
Colossal is a definitely an odd movie. Thankfully, that is partly what makes it worth a watch! Anne Hathaway plays Gloria a drunken mess of a woman reaching rock bottom. She starts over by returning to her hometown to get herself together. There, she reunites with her elementary school buddy Oscar who is played by Jason Sudeikis. Oscar hooks Gloria up with a job at his bar and helps ease her into a better place. She’s still drinking too much and wakes up to see news coverage of a giant monster that attacked Seoul then vanished into thin air.
Gradually, Gloria puts together that the monster’s actions mirror her own drunken stupor. I got a good laugh out of seeing the monster pantomime taking a phone call on the newsreel all because Gloria answered her cell when she was drunk. She convinces Oscar and their other drinking buddies that she’s responsible by having them watch live coverage while she danced around thus making the kaiju do the same. Guilt from the death and destruction her monstrous counterpart caused was enough to get Gloria to clean up her act.
Soon a giant robot also appears in Seoul. Since we’ve already thrown believability out the window, we learn that it’s Oscar who controls the robot because…. why not? Honestly it was the connection between Gloria/the monster and Oscar/the robot that was the weakest part of the movie. They tried to justify it by showing some childhood incident involving a diorama of Seoul, weird lightning, and action figures. It was a bit of a stretch. I think it almost would have been better to not offer any explanation as to why the connection exists. The flashback was also slow to reveal itself completely which made me a little more critical of it. In reality, the continuous flashbacks to that memory revealed Oscar’s true self as the actual villain.
Colossal showed me how underrated Jason Sudeikis is as an actor. He has such a likeable personality in everything he’s in which was certainly shown in the first half of the film while getting to know Oscar. When the dark underside of his abusive nature began to rear its head it really took me off guard. Surprisingly, Sudeikis sold this fantastically. His normal demeanor made the dark turn even more impactful when his personality did a total turn. I’ve seen some critical reviews that found his transformation jarring. For me, the fact that it was so jarring is what made it work.
I loved how the world’s reaction to the appearance of the kaiju was shown. Social media wet itself, the news wouldn’t shut up about it, and veritable fan clubs were formed. The whole thing was completely ridiculous because I see this as being EXACTLY how our world would actually respond to such a thing.
The movie has a satisfying conclusion that I won’t spoil. I will say that there is a sense of closure for all those involved. All in all, I enjoyed this way more than I expected to. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, however, if you give it a chance then I think you’ll get a kick out of it.
My final rating of the film Colossal is 7.3 out of 10.
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The Belligerent Barnes