Review in Brief: Colossal (2016/17)

When I first heard about COLOSSAL – premise: giant monster is mysteriously linked to drunk Anne Hathaway – I thought, yes, that does sound like just my kind of movie. And you know what? It is! Hathaway and Jason Sudekis are at the top of their game, both playing way outside their comfort zone and going to some seriously dark places as the film boldly tackles some challenging issues, from addictive personalities to unhealthy abusive relationships. The other film it reminded me the most of was THE SKELETON TWINS; both films have an undulating tone and comedians playing it straight and are about how you can run but you can’t hide from your own and others’ self-destructive behaviour, you can only hope your coping mechanisms work. Colossal goes for a more fantastical slant, but for a movie with 200 foot monsters scrapping as they tower over Seoul’s skyline, it’s very grounded and very emotionally resonant. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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