A unique and fun plot, but a film that’s lacking that little bit more.
Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an unemployed alcoholic, moves back to her home town after her boyfriend kicks her out. There she meets old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) who helps to get Gloria back on her feet. However, after a drunken night out, Gloria discovers she’s in control of a monster attacking Seoul, South Korea, and must physically face her inner monsters as well as psychologically.
Seeing the trailer for this film I was initially very excited. It’s a cool, unique idea with two great actors in, and I thought it would be a really good, original film. However, Colossal I feel has one major fault, it doesn’t really go anywhere. The plot is certainly more about inner conflict and issues, such as alcoholism, which is explored very well, but there’s a sense of lacking once we find out that Gloria is the monster (which we already knew from the trailers).
Limiting Gloria’s ability to a certain time, in a certain place also makes it very difficult to progress. It feels very familiar and underutilised whenever she is the monster because of the numerous constraints and variables that have to be in place. I understand that there had to be some sort of restraint to her ability, as well as for budgetary concerns, but I feel there could have been a better way around this issue.
The film explores themes of responsibility, facing up to your demons and alcoholism well, however I feel the depiction of the latter is poor. Anne Hathaway, although she provides a good performance, never truly feels like an alcoholic. She always looks too pretty and pieced together, and gives off more of a drunk teenage girl kind of vibe rather than a desperate person relying on alcohol.
Jason Sudeikis’ performance too is good, providing both his friendly and helpful role and his more sinister antagonistic role very well. However, the shift in his character is quite jarring, and this comes down to the writing/editing. In one scene he’s nice, seconds later he’s practically evil. There isn’t really a progression, which makes the whole tonal shift of the film into the third act really jarring, as if they’re two different films. It doesn’t really work.
The best thing to take from Colossal is that it is an entertaining and original film, something that is becoming more and more scarce with the amount of prequels, sequels, adaptations and remakes being produced. However I feel these original films really need to step up in order to get noticed, such as Get Out, otherwise they drown in a sea of remakes and continuations of franchise films.