Saturday, 20 May 2017

#45 COLOSSAL


Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Budget $15 million. Running time 110 minutes. Certificate 15.

Boarder line alcoholic Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unemployed writer, mooching off her frustrated, soon to be ex-boyfriend Tim ( Dan Stevens) and about retreat back to her empty family home in Mainhead after one too many nights out with her worthless friends.
With no income and no hopes, she returns to her old home town where she bumps into an old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) who happens to run the local bar. It soon transpires that he has something of a crush on her, but more because she made something of her life, or at least managed to escape to the Big Apple. And while she's come home feeling she's failed and has nothing to show for her time in NY, He feels the same because he stayed behind and has nothing to show for his life except for a huge amount of clutter and emotional baggage that fills his home.

He quickly offers her a part time job at his bar and slowly the two of them begin to relax and open up to each other and she makes friends with Oscar's two bar chums, Joel And Garth. Together the four of them spend their evenings drinking in the bar, and their nights drinking until dawn, that is until one day when Gloria wakes up to discover that the previous night a giant monster materialised in the middle of Seoul and went on a drunken rampage. She is even more shocked to discover that the monster and her are somehow linked and that its actions mimic hers. But how is this possible?

Things then take a turn for the worse when Gloria and Joel's relationship becomes romantic, and Oscar reveals a hidden side to his personality that becomes progressively more aggressive and ultimately dangerous. The situation only becomes worse when Tim arrives in town and tries to rekindle his relationship with Gloria. 

So far, so small indie film about failed relationships and second chances, but what makes Colossal so unique and different is the addition of, at first, the giant monster who is soon joined by an equally giant robot. Both materialise in Seoul one night and then every night at precisely the same time, inadvertently wrecking havoc. But what are their connections to Gloria and Jason and a nearby children's play ground?

This is a genuinely fascinating and extremely entertaining movie, well written and very well acted, particularly from Hathaway and Sudeikis. In fact Sudeikis in particular reveals a serious side to his usual comedy schtick that is a revelation.

None of the men come out of this film well and it's a delight that Hathaway as our heroine is never rescued by any of the men and is left to resolve that situation in an utterly satisfying way.

While this isn't a broad comedy that is suggested by the trailer or the poster, it is still a thoroughly entertaining, satisfying and unexpected movie.

8/10

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