Colossal

Colossal

Colossal 

2017.  Directed by Macho Vigalondo.

By Livia Peterson

Nacho Vigalondo’s “Colossal” is a subtly brilliant science fiction with an unexpected finale.  
 
Alcoholics Gloria (the brilliant Anne Hathaway) and Oscar (the equally remarkable Jason Sudeikis) discover that tragic events occurring in Seoul, Korea, involving agiant monster and robot are connected to their recurring mental collapses.
 
“Colossal” is simultaneously refreshing, ridiculous, and hilarious.  There are several laugh out loud moments, however beneath the hilarity, Colossal doubles as a cautionary tale about the dangers of substance abuse and its effect on friends and family.  Flashbacks are used to enrich the relationship of the characters, however, the conclusion is outright insane and anticlimactic, undoing the groundwork of the first two acts.  
 
Innovative science fiction films are few and far between in the current box office climate and “Colossal” presents a wildly entertaining story that shatters most sci-fi cliches. 

B+

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