“Colossal” Review ✦✦✦✧✧

22 May, 2017

Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo
Director of Photography: Eric Kress
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens

Synopsis: Relocating to her hometown after a bad break-up, an alcoholic unlocks a terrible memory from her past after she accidentally unleashes a giant monster in Seoul while trying to get her life back on track.

Colossal Review:

Seemingly produced out of thin air and rendered unmarketable due to its kooky concept, “Colossal” is a cinematic immaculate conception which sees both a Hollywood dignitary and a refined special effects team become the toys of an outlandish writer-director. Putting a bonkers script at the forefront of his anti-rom-com, Nacho Vigalondo punches above his weight in more ways than one, breaking the golden rule of comedy by presenting a joke without a knockout punchline as his farce stumbles into dark territories before it allows viewers to readjust to the outcome.

Wonderfully unique yet rendered entirely trivial by its third act, “Colossal” goes from spoof to sentiment while Godzilla becomes a squib in a muddled picture where a single flashback holds the key to a far-fetched backstory. Both propped up and ridiculed by its fantasy elements, “Colossal” becomes embarrassed by its own silliness as the head-scratching and arm waving of a dancing monster produces belly laughs that cannot be matched by the severity of its underlying tones.

Remarkably precise in its exploration of terror on the other side of the world, “Colossal” makes no mistake about the horrors of a 24-hour news cycle as its characters look on with confounded guilt while livestreaming exposes them to the sheer weight of their drunken antics. Nailing it on all accounts as the film’s most outstanding screen presence, the versatile Anne Hathaway allows us to forget that she ever became an adult and her Academy Award remains out of sight while she plays what can only be described as a BuzzFeed employee who never learned how to grow up. Sometimes even missed opportunities produce silent greatness and this arguably the most bizarre of them all.


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