Sunday, March 25, 2018

Colossal (2016)


This film popped up on a few lists for forgotten films from the past couple years. It is usually pitched as a comedy featuring giant monsters. But the movie is actually a bit deeper than that. Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis give us some really damaged characters and put them in an extraordinary situations, one that fuels a solid share of drama and morbid humor.


Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is stuck in a rut. She goes out partying each night, doesn’t bother with finding a job (using her talents as a writer) and is annoying her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevensl) to no end. So he kicks her out of their New York apartment. Gloria returns to her rural hometown to try and get her life back together.

She runs into her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) who offers her a job in his bar. Grasping at straws she takes it up, even though it is an excuse to drink even more with Oscar and his buddies Joel (Austin Stowell) and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson). But a strange things happens on the night Gloria stumbles her way home, a gigantic monster appears in Seoul, South Korea. Like everyone else, Gloria is fascinated by the news reports – but then notices something alarming. The monster has the same nervous head scratch that she does. It becomes apparent that the monster is tied to Gloria’s actions and mind in some strange way. Will Gloria indulge in her new Colossal power, or is there something even more sinister at play?

Good Points:
  • An interesting take on the concept of inner demons
  • Excellent performances by the cast
  • A unique premise that keeps you interested

Bad Points:
  • Attempts to balance drama and dark comedy, not always pulling it off
  • Those expecting tons of laughs or monster action will be disappointed
  • Some viewers may find the lack of a likeable protagonist a detriment


This movie sounds like it is going to be a fun twist on the giant monster film. But it is a little more than that. The movie focuses on the characters who are all damaged in some way. By building their issues in a believable way, we come up with some uncomfortable laughs and some interesting giant monster thrills. Well worth checking out if you are in the mood for something a little different, and some excellent performances to boot (and a fun score by Bear McCreary).

Scores (out of 5)
Visuals:  4
Sound: 3
Acting:  4
Script:  4
Music: 4
Direction: 4
Entertainment: 4
Total:  4

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  1. It is a trite but commonly accurate saying that “hurt people hurt people.” I suppose recognizing one’s monstrousness in the eyes of others is a first step to breaking that chain. I remember when this movie was in theaters. I meant to see it but didn’t and then forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Check it out if you get the chance. I think you'll enjoy it. It holds up pretty well on the small screen.

  2. I've not seen it. I believe I still have it in my Netflix queue. Bizarre plot for a movie, but it kinda intrigues me too. I'm wondering if the movie plays the monster theme as fantasy ie. it's all in her mind, or if she really has created a monster. I'll have to check it out.

    1. Worth checking out for sure. Does some interesting things with the idea. Don't want to give too much away in case you do check it out. I think it is one of those movies that the less you know going in, the more you'll enjoy it when you do watch it.