Science Fiction | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle
Gloria is an unemployed, thirtysomething blogger living in New York and teetering on the verge of alcoholism. When her over-it boyfriend kicks her out of his apartment, Gloria moves back to her hometown and reconnects with Oscar, an old friend who now owns his parents’ bar. Also, in the meantime, a giant monster begins to appear in Seoul, South Korea at the same time every morning, laying waste to entire neighbourhoods. Eventually, Gloria becomes convinced that she and the monster are somehow connected…
1) Did you like it?
I have to admit, I’d never heard of Colossal, but the brief description I read intrigued me and I decided to give it a watch. I’m so glad I did, because I loved this film!
Giant monster movies have been done to death. And, let’s face it, so has the “odd but troubled woman moves back home to get her life together” genre. But this movie is something different. It mashes these two completely disparate stories together – and the result is totally unique. And just when you think you have an idea where Colossal is going, the plot kicks into overdrive and it goes somewhere else entirely. And in the best possible way.
That’s all I’m going to tell you about Colossal. It’s funny, terrifying, quirky – and probably a cult classic. Just watch it.
3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…
Hmm. It’s difficult to say. If you’re expecting something along the lines of Godzilla/Pacific Rim/Cloverfield/Kong – you’re probably going to be disappointed.
4) This movie made me think about…
We need more female film critics. I looked up a few reviews before writing this, and pretty much every professional review I encountered was written by a man. I’m not saying that guys won’t, or don’t get this film – it was written and directed by a man: Spanish filmmaker, Nacho Vigalondo. But so many of the reviews of Colossal I read missed the point entirely, while the reviews I found by women saw this film for what it is. Female critics, represent.
5) Overall rating?
Yep, it’s that good…