I sat down for this movie having seen one trailer. From that trailer I had the impression it would be a comedy monster movie and something a little different. Therefore sitting down to watch Colossal I had no expectations and a very vague idea of what the movie was going to be which is quite refreshing for me.
Boasting Anne Hathaway in the lead role and Jason Sudeikis and Dan Stevens playing support the small cast has plenty of talent and it’s often in smaller films like this that performers can really show off their talents. Colossal is no exception, with Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis giving really stellar performances. Both commit to their roles and disappear into the characters and I did find them both to be interesting and engaging characters.
Hathaway is the real heart of the film and without her performance the film would almost completely fall apart. Sudeikis gives the best pure acting performance I have seen him do, and I hope to see him more in serious roles as this was a great indication he can really bring it when needed. His character walks a line between caring, intimidating, funny, and creepy which is handled very well.
Dan Stevens’ character is a little one-dimensional and predictable but he is fine in the role, and the same goes for the other two supporting actors who feature in the film as Sudeikis’ characters friends. We really focus on where the two lead characters have ended up in their lives and some of the best parts of the film are when we are delving into these characters. If this was a straight up Dramedy it would work very well as I found myself wanting more from them.
The other side of this film is the giant monster parts of the film, which I have to say i did enjoy. The design is reminiscent of a giant version of Groot, but the unique twist with our main character being in control of the monster really was refreshing and i enjoyed seeing that play out. The reasons this connection exists are rather glossed over, and the explanation we do get didn’t really satisfy me but then it was a giant monster so it is easy to forgive the lack of a feasible explanation.
All the elements I have mentioned so far point to this being a good if not great film. However I felt there was a real disconnect between either side of this particular coin. I really enjoyed the monster side, and I really enjoyed the dramedy side, but the links between them just didn’t hit for me. There are periods in the film where the monster attacks are completely forgotten for a few beats and our characters continue down other roads until circling back to the giant monster idea.
I can’t say Colossal does anything bad, in fact it does a lot very well. Anne Hathaway is exceptional and really holds the film together when it could derail, and her performance along with Sudeikis’ is almost worth the ticket price alone. I think this film will hit different ways for everyone, and perhaps the merging of Giant Monster movie and Dark Comedy Drama will blend more comfortably for you. Unfortunately for me the disjointed feeling came in as soon as we see the Monster and it never really shifted, therefore tainting the full movie for me. Colossal has the feeling of something special, but it gets lost in the shake up of two films.
6/10 – Just falls the right side of ok for me, but it could have been much more.