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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Colossal (2017)

After being kicked out of their apartment by her boyfriend (Dan Stevens), an alcoholic (Anne Hathaway) returns to the small town she came from to try and get her life back together. Meanwhile, in South Korea, a reptilian like monster terrorizes the city. It isn't long before the woman realizes there's a connection between her and the creature. I'm not familiar with the work of Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo (who also wrote the screenplay) but I'm impressed with what I see here. In the 1956 FORBIDDEN PLANET, Walter Pidgeon's subconscious creates a monster and here Vigalondo takes that premise and expands it. However, those expecting a Godzilla like monster movie are going to be sorely disappointed. The film actually has more in common with Hathaway's RACHEL GETTING MARRIED. The film is about her and Jason Sudeikis (as a bar owner) and how their self destructive behavior physically manifests itself. In his comedies, Sudeikis has turned smarminess into an acting style and here (in his best performance yet) he elevates it to sociopathic proportions. The film's trailer does a poor job of selling the film emphasizing the film's few comedic moments when, in fact, it's a very dark film. While it's not a complete success, I applaud the attempt to move outside of the genre box. With Tim Blake Nelson. 

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