Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is currently undergoing a losing streak. Not only is she out of work, but her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) has kicked her out of his apartment due to her drinking problem and is forced to move back to her home town. Upon arriving, she runs into Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who was once her childhood friend and now runs a bar. He offers her a job and they quickly kindle a new friendship. This may sound like something straight from the Hallmark channel (JACK NOTE: What the hell is the Hallmark channel?), but there's something I'm not telling you. Gloria soon discovers not only that there is a gigantic monster destroying South Korea and killing countless people, but that she is somehow connected to the monster and is inadvertently controlling its every move.
I'll admit, writer/director Nacho Vigalondo hasn't done too much to impress me in his career. I hear his film 'Timecrimes' is good, but I've never got around to it. After Colossal, however, I've found myself to be eagerly anticipating whatever he has coming up next. For starters, this is one hell of a script. To make a movie this off the wall you have to be bold and smart and Vigalondo nails it. This is a fearless script, and it doesn't hold back any of its weirdness or irreverence. It's also not afraid to get dramatic and sometimes quite dark, and it nails that too, for the most part. A script like this needs a good director, and considering the writer of this directed the film as well, it's pretty obvious that he did a damn fine job directing this beast. Not only is the film a treat to look at, but Vigalondo pulls a handful very fun performances from the actors.
Another small flaw I found was the pacing. The film is structured very well and has a fun way of telling it's story and delivering necessary information to the viewer, but it does pump the brakes towards the latter half of the second act. It never becomes a bad film, just one you wish would speed it up a tad. Also, and this is a real small flaw, but there's a small detail in the third act that bothers me, which I can say without spoiling anything, so I will; so a giant monster is attacking South Korea, but never is the city seen being evacuated. There are always civilians out living their lives every time there's an attack by the monster. It's not that big of a deal, but it doesn't add up when you think about it.
Whether you're a fan of indie comedies or big Kaiju movies, there's something for you in the gleefully bizarre film Colossal. While I may have minor issues with it, I cannot wait to revisit it, and have a sneaking suspicion that a second viewing will result in a .5 bump in my final score. We need more wacky, unique movies like this. They're more daring than most films these days, even if they're a bit weird. Colossal is by no means a perfect movie, but it's a pretty brilliant one.
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