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Times of India
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!
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.
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.
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.
Anne Hathaway was pregnant while filming 'Colossal'.
In May 2015 the film faced lawsuit claiming it had too many similarities to 'Godzilla' (2014)