Anne Hathway in 'Colossal'
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Agam Darshi, Rukiya Bernard
In the opening prologue a young Korean girl searching for her favorite doll suddenly sees a gigantic monster emerge from the side of the tall buildings ahead. She screams and the scene shifts to some twenty years or so later, to New York, where perennially drunk Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has been kicked out of the apartment she shared with her boyfriend (Dan Stevens). She returns to the small town where she grew up and reconnects with Oscar (Jason Sudekis) her childhood friend. And then the psycho-drama takes over. TV news flashes scream that a monster has attacked Seoul and Gloria soon enough realises that she is in some way connected to the weird phenomenon.
Is she living a fantasy all her own or is she really connected? Nacho Vigalondo doesn't attempt to connect the dots for us. He tells it straight, allowing us to draw our own conclusions. But the disconnectedness doesn't allow for a deep and satisfactory resolution.
Gloria, on realising the devastation that alcohol has caused in her life is trying hard to give up while Oscar who had a crush on her from childhood wants her to continue to be sozzled so that he can at least be seen as worthy partner. Given Gloria's state-of-mind it's easy to link her preposterous reasoning of being connected to the monsters as lurid imaginings borne from her sudden withdrawal from an alcohol laced high. The squabbling monsters could well be the resurrection of American childhood peeves that have grown to a level that seems almost insurmountable. As Vigalondo shows it, both Gloria and Oscar have inter-personal issues that have remained unresolved and when they come to the fore – it's in the shape of monsters creating havoc over a distant south Asian city, Seoul. Or maybe it's what they'd like to think...
Spanish Director Nacho Vigalondo doesn't dig deep enough to flush out the psychological underpinnings of this quasi-realistic tale. Instead, he works out a deliverable that keeps it light and entertaining, with A list actors adding to the endearment factor . This film had an excellent premise about the need to control one's inner demons, but the script and development couldn't flush out that promise. The satire is well entrenched within even when the narrative begins to get dull. Both Hathaway and Sudekis roll out convincing portrayals to make this an interesting enough experience!
Watch the trailer of 'Colossal'