Nacho Vigalondo

Anne Hathaway has made many rom-coms in her career, but none that take a turn like the one in Colossal. She plays an alcoholic writer who returns to her small hometown, where she reconnects with a childhood friend played by Jason Sudeikis and discovers that she’s somehow linked to a Godzilla-like monster terrorizing South Korea. David Edelstein says

“What I like about Colossal is that the Spanish writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo, has an elastic notion of genre. This is a film that starts off as a giddy comedy before plunging into a grim psychodrama about a woman’s loss and recovery of power, over herself and abusive males—that also happens to feature goofy-looking giant monsters throwing each other around Korea.”

‘Colossal’ is a delightful absurdity.

Colossal tells the story of Gloria, an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home, when reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

This small, independent film isn’t something that you may have heard amongst the blockbuster’s that come out at this time of year, or any time of the year for that matter.

If anything, why this whole thing started about bringing down Anne Hathaway is ridiculous because she’s an absolutely astounding actress that deserves any praise that can be given to her. For someone who started out in Disney with the Princess Diaries, she’s done extremely well to find her place in the world post-Disney and definitely made an impact along with other stars, in whatever ways they may be, such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron, Raven Symone, and even Hilary Duff. In Colossal, she gives a wonderful performance and really portray’s her character’s strange weirdness. No one else could’ve played that role.

Although it may be a hard and extremely strange film to watch, it’s an extremely grounded film despite the monsters and what seems like a weird concept. But that’s what makes the film so great – it’s a film about overcoming what holds you down and why you, yourself, could be that cause. It’s a film that you’re not prepared to like as much as you do, at least that was the case in my experience.

The thing is, however, this may’ve been a film that was a couple of years too late. If it was made and released around the time of Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, and Office Space, you could really see it becoming a cult hit. Nowadays, there’s a lot less acceptance of films like Colossal even though we might need films like it where it blends the bigger budget ideas with smaller indie films and the humanity that comes with it.


Despite it being a little different to what audience’s may be used to, don’t be deterred. It’s well worth the watch in its delightful absurdity.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.

Colossal movie review

Colossal is a movie that could only have come into existence now, where the visual effects its premise requires are cheap enough that it can be fully realized on a relatively small budget. For a budget of $15 million, writer/director Nacho Vigalondo delivers a film that uses the trappings of a Kaiju-feature to tell a smaller story about the destruction people reap on themselves and each other.

Colossal is one of the most interesting and fun films I’ve seen in 2017, but the only way to talk about it in depth is to go into deep spoiler territory, so consider this a spoiler warning before I dig into the main body of the review.

[Full review under the cut]

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