Friday, August 18, 2017

Movie Review: Colossal (2017)

Colossal (2017) - Written and Directed by Nacho Vigalondo; Starring Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Austen Stowell, Dan Stevens.

By Kenny Howell

It's that same old story, a woman gets dumped by her boyfriend, a monster attacks Seoul, South Korea, and the woman finds out she controls that monster when she walks into a city park halfway around the world at 8:05 a.m.

Nacho Vigalondo's latest is original to say the least. And while that makes it worth taking the time, I am not sure it really knows what to do with that original idea.

Anne Hathaway (The Intern) plays that dumped woman, Gloria, who after being told to leave her boyfriend's apartment, she heads back to her hometown to figure stuff out. She is a mess, no job, no prospects, and she disappears into a family home that stands empty.

When she arrives back in town, she meets up with a childhood friend, a local bar owner named Oscar, played by Jason Sudeikis (Sleeping With Other People). He gives her a job (as well as a TV and a futon), until she can get back on her feet.

Then the monster attacks Seoul. At first it kind of stumbles around and kills a few people, but it doesn't really have any aim that people can tell. It isn't long before Gloria realizes that she seems to have some kind of connection to the monster. And then she realizes that she is the monster, as a connection from a local park to Seoul is established somehow. She tells Oscar and a couple of other buddies at the bar, and things start to spin out of control.

It's everything after that gets a little unfocused and muddled. Vigalondo had this clever idea, but he didn't necessarily know what to do with it once it was established. And for the people in Seoul, the monster appears in the same place every time, so maybe stay away from it? I will leave it for the viewing, but it goes down a bit of a dark path, but necessarily in a fun way.

Rating: **1/2

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