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June 21, 2017
Colossal Movie

A very odd film. A lot of different, wired plots all come out in front of you from no where. However, the weirder it gets, the more you enjoy it. Very funny at times, actually, it is extremly funny because of how odd it is.

It deals with addiction, friendship, love - all in the middle of this mad sci-fi plot and it concludes very well so you walk away, satisfied. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

­???­???­??? to Anne Hathaway & Jason Sudeikis for brilliant performances.

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June 21, 2017
'Colossal' starts off pretty stupid, with poorly motivated characters & poorly explained plot. Unfortunately, once the characters' motivations are revealed and the plot explained, it just gets even more stupid.

The real question is, how did the producers trick Hathaway & Sudeikis into acting in this? Did the producers hide the full script from the actors, feeding them one page a day?
June 20, 2017
What a strange movie. This film is unlike any I have ever seen, which is a good thing - mostly. There are strokes of brilliance throughout, but then there are also unsatisfying conclusions and unexplored issues. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, an alcoholic who has recently been kicked out of her boyfriend's (Dan Stevens) apartment after one too many hangovers. She seeks refuge in her hometown living in the abandoned house that she grew up in. She reconnects with some old friends including Oscar, played by Jason Sudeikis, but soon realizes that a giant monster attacking Seoul, South Korea is directly connected to her body movements when she visits a certain park. I know, weird. Things get even more complicated when we discover that Sudeikis' character is also connected to a giant monster, except his is more of a giant robot.
Oscar begins to like this power he has suddenly been granted, and toys around with it, while Gloria takes the moral high ground and decides to give up alcohol out of fear of accidently destroying the city. They begin to get contentious, get into a fight, and Gloria wins, showing South Korea that she's the "good" monster, while Oscar is the bad one. It's certainly an interesting premised that keeps you engaged throughout the film, and the characters are very interesting, Sudeikis' in particular. His character makes abrupt changes throughout the film, from joking around with someone to turning into a full-on psychopath who wants to destroy a city in the matter of minutes. However, this never feels out of place; you always believe that his character is in keeping with this sudden personality shifts.
The story builds to an interesting and unique climax that is definitely cool from a monster movie perspective. From a dramatic perspective, which is clearly what this movie is aiming for, not so much. It doesn't reach the philosophical heights that it attempts to, and rather than debating about an ambiguous ending that poses interesting questions, we're simply left somewhat unsatisfied and confused about what the film is trying to tell us.
Nevertheless, this is a good movie. It's ending doesn't quite work, therefore rendering its overall "deeper meaning" somewhat negligible, but the performances are all-around strong, the characterizations and relationships are interesting, and it certainly kept me engaged throughout its 109-minute runtime.

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Rating: 3/4
June 20, 2017
Bold, fresh and original. A indie movie with blockbuster intentions
June 20, 2017
Esperava muito mais...faltou algo.
June 19, 2017
Bittersweet, emotional and very very original, a very refreshing take on the kaiju movies.
June 18, 2017
The story is brilliant but I struggled a little with the film. Didn't really believe the relationships between the characters, but it's such a clever story and well told so worth watching.
½ June 18, 2017
Colossal beguiling movie about a woman finding her inner strength is inspiring and totally refreshingly cool premise to set-up. It is a brilliant metaphorical tale about alcohol abuse turned into a Godzilla-style monster movie. The weakest part of this movie is the struggle and character motivation between Gloria and Oscar which at times can be confusing.
June 18, 2017
May not be the "fun" monster movie everyone was expecting (or the trailers might lead one to think the movie is), but riveting none-the-less. Excellent performances by all involved.
June 17, 2017
Great characters from Ann and Jason. Good monsters and wonderful ending.
June 17, 2017
Loved it but odd ending.
June 17, 2017
Finally! An original, entertaining, and intriguing concept with an amazing execution. The only problem the film has is with its underdeveloped and uninteresting side characters.
June 16, 2017
"Affecting, dramatically sharp and funny all the way through, "Colossal" is one of the more complex movies about addiction I've seen in a while."
Movie Review: Colossal
Date Viewed: April 26 2017
Written and Directed By Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial, Timecrimes and Open Windows)
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson.

"Colossal" is a clever sci-fi/indie-drama/comedy that works in terms of balancing its themes and tones. I know everybody is sick and tired of Anne Hathaway being in movies but she gives a terrific performance as a functioning alcoholic who's out of work and gets kicked out of her apartment by her ex-boyfriend (Dan Stevens). You may think that "Colossal" is just about Anne Hathaway trying to be sober and get back in the game but that's not what this movie is about. Written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial, Timecrimes and Open Windows), "Colossal" must've been a creative challenge for him but he pulls it off. Does it get heavy-handed at times? Yes, but the movie still works as a fascinating character study.

Hathaway plays Gloria, an out-of-work writer who gets kicked out of her New York City apartment by her ex-boyfriend, Tim (Stevens) for partying and drinking too much. Gloria is then forced to move back into her unnamed Middle American small town and while there she meets up with her childhood friend, Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). He now runs his late father's bar and he offers Gloria a job at his pub. This new job does not help Gloria's alcohol addiction so she has another hangover night and she sleeps it off in a playground bench but when she wakes up the next day, she turns on the news and is shocked to discover a giant reptilian monster rampaging all over Seoul, South Korea.

What's even more shocking is that Gloria realizes when she walks through the playground, she makes the exact same moves the monster does. Believing that there is a connection between herself and the monster, Gloria tells Oscar and his buddies, Joel (Austin Stowell) and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson) about it and they are just as shocked as she is. Suddenly, Oscar does the same thing and Gloria's monster situation just got more difficult when a giant robot appears in Seoul as well.

The green kaiju monster causes Gloria to make amends by letting the monster write an apology to the South Koreans and they are delighted and Gloria begins to avoid any contact with alcohol and the playground. However, the robot is still present in the city which means that Oscar is still hanging out in the playground. Believing that Oscar is using his monster counterpart to taunt the South Koreans, Gloria wants him to leave the playground and not cause a commotion with the South Korean people.

Oscar then turns into a complete douche by drunkenly insult his friends and have Gloria obeying him to have a drink by saying he will return to the playground and cause major destruction to South Korea if she does not. This situation creates a tense conflict between Gloria and Oscar and it sets up a big monster fight between the giant green kaiju and the giant robot.

"Colossal" may have a puzzling description of a story but it works thanks to Nacho Vigalondo's vastly original screenplay and two compelling lead performances from Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. We've seen Sudeikis do comedy in serious stuff before but when we get to the second act, his character takes a dark and pathological turn which I found very fascinating. Hathaway is great here and she doesn't go all gooey and sentimental with her character, Gloria is an emotionally-damaged woman who just wants real change to happen in her misbegotten life.

Affecting, dramatically sharp and funny all the way through, "Colossal" is one of the more complex movies about addiction I've seen in a while.
½ June 16, 2017
unusual tale intertwining monsters and relationships. it does examine jealousy, unrequited feelings and how those affect people and throws the monsters in, really as a metaphor for the size of these problems. it also throws in character faults and moving back home after failure. so there is a lot going on and it is more than necessary. so it is overly busy but overall I think the acting is good and very original
June 13, 2017
With its creative premise and strong script, Colossal delivers a unique experience that provides well-delivered performances to overshow its - at times - slower pace.
½ June 13, 2017
It's kindof good ­??│­??┤
June 12, 2017
Finally! An original, entertaining, and intriguing concept with an amazing execution. The only problem the film has is with its underdeveloped and uninteresting side characters.
½ June 12, 2017
An interesting and funny premise turned into a depressing and uninspired social commentary right in front of your eyes. Watch for curiosity or political statement, but not foe entertainment.
½ June 12, 2017
Delightful and fresh, unlike much of what we see in this "cinematic universe" day in age. An amazing sidestep from the norm and I loved it, not a 5 star only because Ann can and will be (as always) annoying at times.
½ June 12, 2017
The trailer was something completely different and made this out to be comedy. This turned into something quite dark towards the middle and you soon understand why the trailer was marketed this way. I liked the genre twist and what starts off like a monster movie, soon develops into a drama film. The cast gives everything, Hathaway is very strong in the lead, really incredible emotional acting. She carries the film but you soon discover with every great hero film, the villain is every bit as important. I would like to give away more but that would rob the twist from you, it's the darkness that digs the drama angle. The writer and director crafted a fantastic film and I find it disappointing it won't find mainstream appeal. Great drama and performances provide a genuine surprise that deserves a cult status. My only complaint is I couldn't watch this film at the cinema, it was impossible to find, this is a growing issue for indie gems like this film. 12-06-2017.
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