Colossal review: Everyone has a monster, most aren’t this fun
Colossal, a modern take on kaiju films starring Anne Hathaway, officially enjoys wide release in the US starting today (4/7/17). Ars was lucky enough to catch the film early at last fall's genre-centric Fantastic Fest 2016, and we're resurfacing our review (which originally ran on 10/1/16) accordingly.
Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for Colossal.
AUSTIN, Texas—The film Colossal currently doesn't have a publicly-available trailer, let alone a release date. But it aired at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, sparking hurried whispers of "Anne Hathaway's kaiju movie" among #FilmInternet. Those four words made up all the prior knowledge I had when the title slid into this week's genre-centric Fantastic Fest for its US premiere.
Having seen it, I can now confirm: Anne Hathaway appears in this film, so does a kaiju monster. But pitching Colossal as Hathaway taking the Bryan Cranston role in the most recent Godzilla sells writer/director Nacho Vigalondo's latest work so, so short. Instead, Colossal proves to be an incredibly fun mishmash of well-established genres with two extremely accessible characters at its core. Over the course of 110 minutes, things shift fluidly between rom-com and monster film, dark horror and art-house indie. All the while, Colossal does its best kaiju impression, leaving tropes of each mashed in its path.
Everyone's from a Mainline, USA
Burnt-out online writer Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has been losing the eternal battle with NYC. She drinks too much, works not enough, and may be involved in an emotionally abusive relationship with Tim, a successful suit-type. It all comes to a breaking point after one too many midday, inebriated return trips to their apartment. Tim has Gloria's bags packed and ready for departure.