Verdict: An interesting watch if you get its underlying messages.
Female self-empowerment movies that do not scream female self-empowerment are the need of the hour. Nacho Vigalondo’s monster flick, Colossal, is that movie. Anne Hathaway battles more than just one monster. She takes on a gargantuan beast, while fighting her own inner demons. With many underlying themes, Colossal jumps genres, beginning as a comedy, later veering into dark comedy, ultimately ending as a psychological thriller. There are various sub-plots within the massive plot, which seem unnecessary, but are eventually forgotten as the movie builds up to something you never expected. Colossal is unlike any monster movie you may have seen, and if you’re into that kind of cinema, this movie feels like one adventure ride after another.
As mentioned, Colossal begins on a funny note. Sacked from her job, Gloria (Anne Hathaway) spends her time partying and drinking. A raging alcoholic, Gloria has several episodes of complete blackout. Refusing to help her, Tim (Dan Stevens), her live-in boyfriend kicks her to the curb. Gloria has no choice, but to move back to her home in a small town, where she runs into Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), her childhood friend. Initially, Oscar seems like the nice guy who offers Gloria a job, and helps her settle down. But his character has many layers, which peel off one after the other as the movie progresses. Gloria’s determination to change her life is put to test when a giant monster is seen attacking the city of Seoul. Mimicking the actions of a severely drunk Gloria, the monster seems to appear at the same time as her periodic episodes.
Your reaction to the plot was the same as ours – are you serious? But don’t write off Colossal just yet. What is interesting to watch in this monster flick is Gloria’s addiction to alcohol and how she battles it all by herself, as well as the many motives behind Oscar’s bizarre behavior. Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell also have supporting roles, but they make little or no difference to the story. Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis are the main stars here. Sudeikis has outdone himself in a part that he has played many times before. He is your classic jerk – he hates himself and everything around him. But he has an overwhelming sense of confidence, which is also borderline mania. Sudeikis embodies this character in a way that will scare you. You don’t know what his next move is, his appearances can cause great distress to the viewer, but in a voyeuristic way.
Hathaway, meanwhile, brings in a sense of responsibility and self-determination, despite her alcoholic ways. Realizing that only she can help herself, she creates a world around her, where everyone else is trapped. As Sudeikis tries to get out, Hathaway brings him back down, showing who the real star of the movie is. Like Sudeikis, Hathaway’s role isn’t unlike something she has done before. She is the funny, clumsy, alcoholic, who creates an uproar with her boozy ways, until she stops bring funny. But that does not draw you away from her character. Her battles with alcoholism, the sheer boredom and lack of control faced by an addict, and the unwillingness to help one’s state is shown as plainly as it is. Finally, Hathaway does take matters into her own hands, and like you’d expect, she saves the day in a fashion as bizarre as it’s known to get.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Apart from Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway’s performances, the movie offers a lot more. The underlying plot points, the gigantic monsters, even Dan Stevens’ relationship equation with Hathaway’s character are not to be missed.