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

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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