Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting
kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life
in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a
giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to
the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon.
As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her
seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of
Playing like a cross between a typical US small town-set indie drama and a
gigantic monster B-movie, Colossal is an original and intriguing film that
follows Gloria, an unemployed, hard partying woman who gets kicked out of
her boyfriend's New York City apartment and finds herself moving back to
her small home town. At the same time a huge monster appears on the streets
of Seoul causing chaos and behaving bizarrely.
It soon becomes apparent that there may be a connection between Gloria and
the monster. And that's just the start of an odd and refreshingly unusual film that goes
into darker places than the goofy sounding premise suggests, with the
initial novelty turning to more weighty subject matter like addiction and
abusive relationships as the film progresses.
Key to keeping the film emotionally grounded as events get weirder are two
fantastic performances from Anne Hathaway as Gloria and Jason Sudeikis as
her former childhood friend Oscar. Sudeikis in particular gives a darker
and more interesting performance than usual. Though Dan Stevens is slightly
wasted as Gloria's boyfriend and a fine Tim Blake Nelson also sadly
disappears halfway through.
The film is slightly over-long at 110 minutes and starts to drag a little
towards the end, while a fairly low budget means the special effects are
functional rather than outstanding but going into a summer of overblown CGI
blockbusters, Colossal is a unique breath of fresh air.