Colossal (2016)

When alcoholic party fiend Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is kicked out by her boyfriend, she has little choice but to move back home. Old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) takes her under his wing, offering a job and social circle – perhaps a little unfortunately in a bar. Waking up with yet another hangover one morning, Gloria is shocked to see a godzilla-like monster has been terrorising Seoul – and even more shocked when she starts to realise that she may just be connected to the creature…

While there’s some fun to be had with the link discovery scenes, Colossal very quickly turns out to be a much darker beast than the premise and the trailers had led me to believe. In fact, the whole monster thing is almost a red-herring, as the tone takes a swift downturn into the more psychopathic human monster territory.

With themes of alcoholism, abusive relationships, obsession, and perhaps a more overt than usual example of facing the consequences of your actions, this is not a light and fluffy movie, and it’s actually a bit of a shame that the trailers portrayed it as such as it did leave me a little jarred rather than enjoying what was actually presented. The odd mix of tones is a little strange, but I applaud it all for trying to do something a bit different. Just, ignore the trailers and go in with some more realistic expectations.

Released: 19th May 2017
Viewed: 31st May 2017
Running time: 109 minutes
Rated: 15

My rating: 6.5/10 – probably deserves more, but was a bit mis-sold

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