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3.2 of 5 from 509 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble with . her sensible boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), and is forced to move back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track She reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a good-natured bar owner with a coterie of drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell), and resumes her drinking lifestyle. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea on a nightly'basis, captivating spectators around the world.
One night Gloria is horrified to discover a connection between these catastrophic events and her own fractured psyche.
Actors:
, , , , , , Nathan Ellison, Sarah Surh, Haeun Hannah Cho, , Melissa Montgomery, , , , Alyssa Dawson, , , , Maddie Smith,
Directors:
Producers:
Zev Foreman, Nahikari Ipiña, Russell Levine, Dominic Rustam, Nicolas Chartier
Writers:
Nacho Vigalondo
Studio:
Entertainment In Video
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/09/2017
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/09/2017
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer

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Reviews (9) of Colossal

Over-rated + tiresome cartoonish comic book sci-fi creature feature - Colossal review by PV

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17/12/2017

I'd heard good things about this movie so rented it because it sounded intriguing.

I am no fan of comic books - but this is like something out of one of them - with a silly, nonsensical plot which is all just sheer fantasy wish fulfilment and never explained properly.

If you like fantasy sci-fi, then this is for you. If you're South Korean, you'll probably be in monster movie heaven, as some of this nonsensical story is set there - why? It 's never ever explained.

I didn't believe the character arcs either - seemed all very pc and 'girlpower' to me. I was very irritated by what is becoming everyday sexism against men from movies - because men are BAD and women are GOOD, you see. Yawn. It's really getting very tiresome - I don't agree with sexist portrayals of ANYONE, and call out the hypocrisy of those who think it's OK to be sexist against men and boys. Now THAT is a problem our society faces - not silly comic book monsters.

And as per usual in movies, people who are supposedly alcoholics do not LOOK like real alcoholics (bad skin, shaking, dirty, hunched etc).

Watching this, I couldn't help thinking all the time that Anne Hathaway has an enormous mouth - bigger than the monster's! Big like Julia Roberts big. WHY do so many actresses have huge mouths? Is it genetic? Or cosmetic surgery? Is that what casting agents are looking for - cavernous cakeholes? Weird. And why only for women? Men in movies seem to have smaller mouths...

1.5 stars rounded down.

3 out of 6 members found this review helpful.

A mess of everything - Colossal review by RL

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26/11/2017

The idea behind it is vaguely interesting but it cannot decide if it is a sci-fi film, a romance, a drama, a comedy or what. In the end it's a bit of a mess of everything. None of the characters are very likeable or real and the back story which gets it up to the present day is flimsy. Avoid.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Bizarre Entertainment - Colossal review by PT

Spoiler Alert
27/09/2017

Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a hopeless drunk but a good soul. Dumped by her boyfriend who can no longer tolerate her binges, she returns to her childhood town, where she meets up with a childhood friend, namely Oscar.

Oscar owns a bar and Gloria continues her all night benders.

Meanwhile in Seoul a gigantic monster terrorises the city. Gloria then discovers that she controls the monster.

Gloria's monster is then joined by a gargantuan robot, who is controlled by Oscar.

Obviously these actual monsters are metaphors for alcohol and the personalities of the two on a deeper level. Can Gloria defeat these monsters and get her life back under control.

I particularly liked the showdown, with Gloria resembling a lawman facing down the bad guy, complete with that walk down the street. A highly unusual film that I much enjoyed.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Colossal review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Colossal is a troublingly clever drama that manages to weave a tale of standing up for yourself with a geeky lace. Despite a fantastical aspect, there’s a more relatable aspect to the deeply flawed characters that don’t exactly make easy transitions or fully comprehend their actions. When they stumble, they stumble hard, just as much as the giant monster and robot that duke it out in Korea. It’s still a frustrating film, however, considering how much I wished the characters would come to terms with themselves amid a haze of indecision, laziness, and generally being overwhelmed.

The premise is at least a unique one. Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman with a life that hasn’t come together yet. Rather, it’s falling apart. She’s unemployed, drinking too much, loses her boyfriend, and is kicked out of her apartment. Where she falls is back into her childhood home of New England. Her life feels as empty as the unfurnished house she now occupies. At least she’s in good company with her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) not only offering her a job but also bringing her furniture and electronics to make her home feel more home-like.

Then something astounding happens. A giant monster randomly appears over in Korea, stomping straight through a city. It doesn’t affect much of anything in the sleepy New England town but it’s still pretty bizarre. Then things get more bizarre when Gloria discovers that she is the one controlling that monster who seems to appear at the same time every evening. Whatever actions Gloria performs on her local playground, the same actions occur in Korea with the monster, happening in real-time after she convinces her local pals to observe.

This is a neat discovery and it’s thankfully never explained too much how this is possible. This is clearly just fantastical showcase for Gloria trying to come to terms with herself. This becomes more engaging when it’s revealed that Oscar can also trot into the playground and become a giant robot in Korea. What an amazing ability. But with great abilities comes a greater need to use them wisely. And considering both are drunks with massive anxiety issues in their lives, they’re clearly not capable of using these powers specifically for good. So it should come as no surprise that one of them gets hammered and stumbles onto the playground, stomping around and bringing death and destruction to Korea.

There’s a few problems with such a story. As the film proceeds, the allegories become so blatantly unsubtle it’s not the least bit of a shock that we’re given some silly origin about how Gloria and Oscar attained such power. The darkly comedic aspect of this development never quite feels there, always muddied by stammering in between the wide eyes and smiles. There’s a twist revealed to bring this chapter of Gloria’s life to a fulfilling conclusion but it takes some loopy leaps in logic that are unfortunately a bit hard to glaze over when the narrative becomes so blunt.

Colossal is certainly an entertaining sight and story idea, sure to offer some great appeal and comfort for those who feel their life is going nowhere and that starting over can be tough. The merging of an indie comedy and a giant monster flick is an ambitious project for sure, to the point that I wish I could love this film for more than just the way Gloria manipulates a giant monster to dance around a city.

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