“Colossal” is a film starring Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a hard drinking, irresponsible, lost sole. Her boyfriend packs her bags and asks her to leave their high-end New York City apartment. Gloria returns to her small hometown and empty childhood home, to be immediately spotted by her old friend, Oscar, played by Jason Sudeikis. Oscar owns a bar and Gloria immediately reverts to her drunken ways.
One morning Gloria awakes with a hangover, to the news that a Raiju-Monster is trampling through the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Gloria soon realizes that she is the monster. It is a metaphor for her life and for how she feels. This film works on many levels. There is the unspoken issue of mental illness. The movie also touches on the theme of past events that still have an impact even after we have grown up, if left unresolved.
It is low-budget film, shot in British Columbia, which relies heavily on great graphics, while blurring the lines of reality with the use of video action figures and electronics.
A couple of the story lines remain unclear and probably ended up on the cutting room floor, but this did not distract from the film. It is an entertaining, original movie that needs to be seen on the big screen.
COLOSSAL | In theatres April 21st, 2017
A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she’s suffering.