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Colossal: Bizarre mash up of the human condition

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Film: Colossal

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Nacho Vigalondo


Like several other Hollywood films, too many to name; Colossal, written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo skims the destructive effects of alcoholism on people whose lives are ruined by this tragic addiction. As it happens, the film makes a larger point at the cost of sanitising the devastation of its central character Gloria (Anne Hathaway) who loses her job, boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) and apartment in NYC and subsequently, childhood friends in her hometown.

You could say the film is not a drama about substance addiction but an allegory behind the bizarre mash up of romance, comedy and sci-fi fantasy. For, Vigalondo employs monsters and human perfidy to show up our monstrous or flawed natures: The “friends” who abuse Gloria’s hospitality, rather alcohol-induced stupor in NYC are selfish leeches. The old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) who gives Gloria a job in his bar turns out to be an envious creep who resents her migration to the Big City.

Actually, everywhere you look, Vigalondo is making a statement about the human condition. The giant creature in Seoul, Korea which mimics Gloria harks to the Native American Indian assertion that not a leaf trembles without being connected to a mighty far-off occurrence. Ergo, the destruction in Seoul is collateral damage viewed afar in America. Colossal’s actors are excellent and Vigalondo is creative but the film would have been vastly better had it been less dreary in execution.