Thursday, 25 May 2017

Colossal Film Review

I caught Colossal yesterday, written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. The mind can play tricks on you and the imagination that Nacho has is a real wonder. 25 years ago a giant kaiju monster appears in Seoul. And then disappears into thin air.

25 years later Anne Hathaway is Gloria whose life has spiralled out of control; drinking way too much and unemployed. One day after an epic bender, boyfriend Tim, played by Dan Stevens, packs her bags and she's homeless. So she heads back to nowhere ville and her parents empty home hoping to get some perspective. As fate would have it she bumps into old friend Oscar from way back, a revelation from Jason Sudekis, who offers her a job in his bar to get her back on her feet. They then spend nights after hours drinking with Oscar's friends Garth, played by Tim Blake Nelson, and Joel, played by Austin Stowell. Gloria hits on Joel but quickly glosses over that drunken stupor, and Oscar turns out to be perfect boyfriend material.

Except the kaiju is back on the loose in Seoul and it's all over the news. Gloria in another drunken stupor bizarrely notices that in scratching her head, her actions are repeated by the kaiju. She discovers by tracking her movements to a local kid's playground at 8:05 in the morning, the Kaiju also appears at 8:05 (allowing for the time difference). And after a heavy night drinking in the bar she persuades the boys to come watch. They are amazed, but when Gloria falls down drunk mayhem ensues in Seoul with many dead.

But even more weird next morning for Gloria is the fact that the giant kaiju now has a friend. A giant robot that Oscar thinks is actually him. If I said that Gloria and Oscar fall in love that would be the end of a weird film, but things get darker after Gloria and Joel spend the night together. Oscar does not take the news well and as the robot starts causing disaster in Seoul.

I haven't seen Anne Hathaway, much less Jason Sudekis, in this type of movie before. This goes way beyond a romcom to a much darker place. It was a fascinating comedy and/or sci-fi film with moments of terror, and not necessarily just for the residents of Seoul. It really made me think about it afterwards. Interestingly Gloria's computer had as it's cover 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa' by Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai.

Well worth an inquisitive look.

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