Colossal Movie Review

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CAST:
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson
DIRECTION:
Nacho Vigalondo
GENRE:
Sci-Fi
DURATION:
1 hour 50 minutes
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COLOSSAL STORY: Used to being excused for her irresponsible drunk behaviour, Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is in for a rude shock when her live-in boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) throws her out of his posh Manhattan apartment, hoping she gets her act together. With no job or a relationship, she seeks refuge in her hometown, where she bumps into her school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). He offers her a job in his bar and just when things start looking up for Gloria, in a bizarre turn of events, a monster surfaces in Seoul that supposedly mimics her mannerisms!
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COLOSSAL REVIEW: Director/ writer Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is an oddball indie film that mysteriously unravels itself at its own pace, engaging you in the process. It’s a strange romcom that morphs into an unsettling drama and eventually, a sci-fi monster movie. An outlandish attempt at genre-bending cinema, Vigalondo’s absurdity makes sense if you choose to look beneath the surface and decode the metaphors. It essentially says, there’s a monster in all of us and we have to grow up at some point in our lives to face it.
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The film addresses the plight of 30-somethings in the form of Gloria, who is not ready for ‘adulthood’ as yet. She refuses to own up her drunken escapades and self-loathing. Her life’s a mess and so is her hair but her bigger concerns are her immediate comfort and thus a fault in her deflated mattress. You are intrigued by the film’s resistance to clichés even as it risks sounding inane.
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It’s refreshing to see good girl Anne Hathaway portraying this unapologetic character with peculiar quirks. But it’s Jason Sudeikis, who turns out to be a total revelation. Luring the audience into deconstructing his complex character is the film’s biggest asset. Dan Stevens, aka ‘the beast’ is perfectly cast as the smug elitist boyfriend.
It takes a while to decipher what this weirdly unique film sets out to project. A preposterous ending doesn’t help either but if you like ambiguous storytelling, you might fancy this one. However, this could also be a colossal waste of time for you if you look for logic in cinema.



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