Colossal is one of the few monster movies released in the past few years. Check out three reasons why Nacho Vigalondo’s monster and relationship drama deserves to be on your watchlist.
A throwback to kaiju
Colossal’s monsters are probably the hook when people watch the trailer. The appeal of giant monsters fighting in large cities harkens back to the time when kaiju ruled Japan, when Godzilla and Mothra were household names. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air to see the monsters fight again, albeit in the movie they serve more as a plot device than anything else.
There are two monsters in Colossal – one is an organic, wood-like creature, and the other is a giant robot. They provide most of the humor in the movie – seeing giant monsters dance in a silly way will put a smile in your face.
Colossal allows us to put kaiju and Anne Hathaway in the same sentence, leading to a surreal experience.
A love for unique and absurd concepts
Watching the trailers for Colossal, one would think that it’s a simple monster comedy. It’s much more than that. Colossal merely uses monsters to drive the plot forward, keeping the main focus of the movie on the complicated relationship of Gloria and Oscar.
You have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit when watching Colossal. It’s on the same level of absurdness as The Lobster. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) discover that she is able to control a giant monster wreaking havoc half a world away – in Seoul – when she steps within a playground in her hometown. As Uncle Ben once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” After a particular disaster while being inebriated, Gloria realizes she must sober up not only for herself, but for the people of Seoul.
Colossal, I would say, is 3/4 relationship drama and 1/4 kaiju. It’s not your typical Friday crowdpleaser of a movie – it’s a bit dark with little sprinkles of comedy here and there. As a brainchild of the writer and director of Timecrimes, you wouldn’t expect anything less.
A different Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis is a mainstay in Hollywood comedies. In Colossal, he gets a little bit more material to work with and is able to display some seriously great acting chops.
He plays Oscar, Gloria’s childhood friend and a bar owner in their hometown. Initially, he appears as a down-to-earth guy, giving the jobless and broke Gloria a break by offering her a job in his bar. Upon discovering that he is also able to control a monster in Seoul, Oscar goes through a complete shift, to the dismay of the resident of Seoul.
Sudeikis’ Oscar is wildly different from his usual role. He succeeds in fleshing out a really complex and, quite honestly, deplorable individual.
Check out the trailer: