Review: Colossal (2017) — The oddest, most genre-defying kaiju movie ever

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Movie review

Directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo (V/H/S: Viral, Extraterrestrial), the story of Colossal follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an alcoholic who lost her job and gets kicked out by her boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), whom she’s living with in New York. She moves back to her hometown and bumps into her childhood friend, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who owns a local bar. On the very next day, she discovers that there’s a gigantic monster terrorising Seoul in South Korea… and it mimicked her movements.

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This may not be the weirdest but good film I’ve seen but it’s definitely unconventional and original to say the least. The film starts off with quite a serious tone, like a typical kaiju flick mixed with a drama about alcoholism. I thought the theme and message was going to be about how alcoholism affects everyone around you regardless of whether you intended for that or not. And then plot transitions into a seemingly lighthearted comedy that’s all fun and laughter before it switches up again where it begins to feel slightly uncomfortable and disturbing. It doesn’t have a consistent tone or a focused subject per say and yet, remarkably, it works. Furthermore, the performances by Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway (The Intern, Interstellar, Les Miserable) and former SNL star Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We’re the Millers) are fantastic. It’s also perhaps the latter’s best performance on big screen to date.

It’s not just a monster science fiction, fantasy, black comedy, drama or thriller. It’s all of that and more. Colossal may just be the most genre-defying film in recent years that made me laugh, curious, disturbed, impressed and “huh?”. It goes from being a film about alcoholism to self/woman-empowering to whatever. Depending on how you interpret it, it can be a meaningful film that subtly conveys that people can be very different deep down inside regardless of screwed up or kind they may seem on the surface, or it can be just a strange, random piece of story that’s unpredictable — either way it’s all good. If you take the film too seriously, you’d have questions that won’t be answered. So just sit back, give it a little patience and be oddly entertained.

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What I would’ve named the film: “Ugly Drunk Monster vs. Evil Robot”

Malaysian censorship: Profanities are not left uncensored and I doubt there’s anything that needs to be cut despite classified as ’18’ here.

Second opinion: My girlfriend enjoyed the film as well, complimenting that it’s “very nice”.

Verdict: If you like giant monsters and extremely weirdness with little to no cliche, this is a must-watch film.

Rating: 4 / 5

colossal movie posterGenre: Monster black comedy thriller
Running Time: 109 minutes
Director-writer: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Malaysia Release Date: 18 June 2017
Rated: 18
Local Distributor: TGV Pictures
Production: Voltage Pictures, Brightlight Pictures

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