The trailers for COLOSSAL are hugely misleading, so some people who buy a ticket or rent the movie are going to be disappointed if they go into it expecting a lighthearted movie.
It’s sold as something of a comedy, in the short, packaged series of clips used to tell audiences about the film, but it’s not really a comedy. Not even really a dark one. Sure, there are some funny moments, but the laughs are few and far between.
There’s plenty of fun to be had, but it’s a dark comedy if you’re going to classify it as a comedy at all, and even that’s a stretch. The concept, itself, is fun, but things get a bit too serious along the way (by which I mean, nearly the entire run-time).
Anne Hathaway’s character is an alcoholic who is working on ruining her life. She thinks that moving back home for a while and staying in the house her parents largely leave abandoned is a good idea. Turns out, it is and it isn’t. Especially for the people of Seoul, Korea. Talented as she is, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to believe that Hathaway does a great job with all the aspects of her character, and really gets you to sympathize with her situation. Potentially causing the deaths of hundreds of people at a time can really weigh on one’s psyche.
Seeing Jason Sudeikis in a mostly serious role with some darkness to it was a nice surprise. His character doesn’t seem to have much depth during his first few scenes, but by the end of the film, that changes considerably. He’s charming when he has to be, ice cold when needed, and hits the notes in between. This is the type of role that helps me better anticipate performances when I see him cast in future roles. Now I’m just waiting to see him in something Oscar- or Emmy-worthy, because I believe he’s capable of churning out something great.
As with any kaiju-related film, there were certainly some special effects involved, and I really like the way it was handled here. They didn’t try to hit something on-par with what Universal has done as of late with Godzilla and Skull Island, but the perspective they used was certainly sufficient.
This is a really hard film for me to give a rating for, because it was an interesting concept (bonus points) which executed well on what it was doing, but was tonally nothing like how it was marketed, and it might’ve been a better movie had it been even a bit more lighthearted (because it almost lacked anything lighthearted entirely).
My rating: 80 out of 100