Directed by Nacho Vidalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), it comes as no surprise that Colossal’s a strange film that makes extremely good use of a small, by Hollywood standards, budget. This isn’t just a kaiju movie in the vein of Godzilla, but also a thoughtful look at addiction and abusive relationships.
The story is both complicated and simple. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is thrown out of her boyfriend Tim’s (Dan Stevens) apartment for being “out of control”, so returns to her hometown to start again in a completely empty home (echoing Gloria’s emptiness at this point). Later, she reconnects with old friend Oscar (Jason Sudekis) and falls back into the destructive habits as before, before one day awaking up from a night of drinking to news reports of a monster wreaking havoc across Seoul, South Korea. Everyone’s fascinated by the incredible footage on television of a giant creature stomping down city streets, but when Gloria notices the kaiju shares her own nervous tick… her fascination turns to horror. To say more would be to spoil things, as would watching the trailer, but just know there’s far more to discover than one might expect…
Read the rest of my Colossal Review at FrameRated
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Part psychological thriller, part fun kaiju movie – it’ll get under your skin and make you laugh in equal measure.