The “giant monster stomps around and destroys city” genre of movies (better known by the Japanese name kaiju) has been for many decades, born when Godzilla first walked out of the ocean and onto poor Tokyo. That genre has had its share of examination and deconstruction over the years, and even though films have begun to question the monsters’ motivation for destruction, the answer to that question is rarely more complicated than “because it’s mad.” Stomping cities is just what giant monsters do. Colossal might just be the first of its kind: a kaiju romantic comedy.
When you’re young, relatively small mistakes and momentary setbacks can be world-altering, cataclysmic events. One bad breakup or awkward encounter and it seems like your whole world is crumbling, like you’ve just destroyed everything. Colossal makes that idea literal in a delightfully madcap way. Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a party girl with a past that’s catching up to her. Having been thrown out by her last boyfriend, she reconnects with her old pal Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). But Oscar’s own hard-drinking ways keep her traveling down a self-destructive path … made worse by the realization that she is also mysteriously and unconsciously controlling the actions of an enormous monster devastating Seoul. How does one apologize for that? From the visionary director of Timecrimes, Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal is about learning to deal with the personal issues of a carefree, bull-in-a-China-shop young adulthood on an absurdly large scale.
1h 50m / R / Sci Fi-Comedy