Colossal is a really interesting film, a genuinely exciting concept that uses traditional metaphors to craft a multifaceted character study. Intriguing? Yes, but while the film’s concept makes for some great gags and genuinely deep moments, it unfortunately becomes a product to the rules of its universe by the end of the film, and changes its themes, feeling bloated and disorganized. While there are still some great elements, namely some strong performances, the film ultimately feels like a entertaining flick, when it could have been a modern classic.
Gloria (Anne Hathaway), is a alcoholic, self destructive writer who returns to her home town after her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) kicks her out. After reuniting with her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudekis), news of the unthinkable breaks out, as a giant monster attack is reported in Seoul, South Korea. But even more startling for Gloria is that the monster seems to be mimicking her moves, and that she may have control over it.
It’s a concept ripe for great discussion, and the first half of the film is a genuinely fascinating character piece, levitated by an easily likable Hathaway and Sudekis’s best and most complex performance ever. It’s when the film abandons its commentary on addiction, and attempts to make a gender statement, that the rules of its universe become confusing and the story becomes less interesting. It’s a fun enough ride, with some stellar comedy work, but it does feel like it had the potential to be so much more. Grade: B-