Love and monsters!
BQB here with a review of the pleasant surprise that is “Colossal.”
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She’s partying her life away and worse, she’s partied her boyfriend away. Dumped and homeless, she returns to her home town only to reunite with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis).
Gloria and Oscar have a tumultuous relationship with a lot of leftover baggage from their younger days. And worse, for some bizarre, mysterious reason…when their passion turns to violence, their alter egos appear in Seoul, South Korea and wreak havoc.
Yes, that’s right. Everything Gloria does is copied by a giant monster. Everything Oscar does is copied by a giant robot.
My one criticism is the fight scenes between Gloria and Oscar often turn brutal, more brutal than you’d like to see between any couple and especially when we see a man lose control and hit a woman. However, the challenge was that Gloria and Oscar must fight so that their monstrous alter egos fight and unfortunately the only way for that to happen was for the filmmaker to put instances of all too real domestic violence on screen.
The film could have gone a number of ways. When I saw the trailer, I thought this movie was a comedy but it is anything but. Humorous things could have been done but ultimately the monsters destroying the city trope is used to parallel the destruction that a squabbling couple can wreak upon each other as well as the world around them.
My main compliment is the director does a lot with a little. There are brief scenes showing the monsters so as to not break the budget. Otherwise, once the rules are explained (i.e. when Gloria and Oscar go wild, their counterparts destroy a city)…we become shocked by the littlest movements. In other words, for the low cost of Anne Hathaway falling down on the grass, we can imagine a corresponding monster falling down and destroying a city block in the process.
In a time of sequels and reboots, this film is original, mashing up the romance and monster stomping the city genres. And after all, when love fails, don’t we all feel like monsters stomping around the city out of control?