When is a giant monster in a giant monster movie not a bad guy? Simple: when the more villainous creatures are the humans. And I’m not talking about the type of villainy seen in something like King Kong where we take a one-of-a-kind animal from it’s home (which is horrible), I’m talking about a whole different type of evil: Abuse in it’s many forms. In this film you see men abuse women, people abuse substances, and bosses abuse power all while a creature mysteriously appears in Korea causing random destruction. We follow Anne Hathaway’s character, Gloria, as she heads back to her home town after getting kicked out by her boyfriend played by Dan Stevens. She’s the typical New York party girl that hasn’t held a job for a year and instead dedicates her time to getting krunk every night. When she is given a part time job by her old friend Oscar, played by Jason Sudeikis, the cycle seems to continue. But after this previously discussed monster starts to appear on the other side of the planet, she notices that her actions may influence the strange happenings more than she could ever fathom.
As I stated before, I feel as though Colossal is about the nature of abuse and how it can affect your surroundings. On top of that, I think what the film is also trying to say is that you need to have a proper perspective on your dilemmas (abuse or otherwise) in order to properly solve them. Not in the sense that if don’t view a problem in the right light you’ll kill people (don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler for the film), but in the sense that the correct perspective in your life can help solve a situation while being too close minded can make an issue worse. There are moments in this movie where all some people have to do is calm down and have a conversation about their problems but they can’t see the forests for the trees. Instead they create more dilemmas that, if not solved, could hurt many innocent people.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers ( I think I’ve already said too much without giving anything away) for this film because it is much better witnessed with nothing given up beforehand. There is a slight spoiler online if you look at some posters, but it really doesn’t show off any major scenes. In fact, I had the moment in question spoiled for me but it didn’t really impact my opinion on Colossal one bit. That said, no one likes it when twists are just shown off all willy nilly like that. Please, give this film a try if you ever get the chance. It isn’t my favorite giant monster movie of the past few years, but the film makers masterfully use the formulas and tropes to create a fantastic experience that will make an excellent addition to the kaiju genre.
What do you think? Did you like the movie? Hate it? Wish that we had Princess Diaries 3 already? Comment down there and get a conversation going. I’ve been Superguy, and you’ve been awesome. Just remember: if you ever have a problem with a giant monster, know that the Power Rangers are always a call away. Or Voltron. Maybe the Sym-Bionic Titan, but I guess that depends on how well the new season of Samurai Jack does.