Colossal (2017), Dir. Nacho Vigalondo

Colossal (2017), Dir. Nacho Vigalondo
Hi. She’s the monster; I’m the robot.
— Oscar, Colossal (2017)

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson.
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Screenplay: Nacho Vigalondo

It has been a struggle, I have tried to recommend this film to three people since I saw it and just trying to get the basic plot across had lead to rather confused and slightly glazed eyes. But I need these people to see it as this may in fact be the best film that I have seen in the theatre this year.

Plot; Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has moved back to her US hometown after her NYC boyfriend kicks her out of his house (Dan Stevens) as she has not paid rent for a year and is a drunk. A Monster is appearing at exactly 8:05 in downtown Seoul, South Korea over many nights. It turns out that this monster is in fact Gloria as she drunkenly walks home at 8:05 in the morning through her hometown park.

This film is just good; the concept is great, the cast are great, the characterisation is great, the monster and robot are cool looking. This little film proves that you can have a high concept and not need the entire film to hook onto said concept. Gloria's move home and rekindling her friendship with Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and his two pals (Austin Stowell & Tim Blake Nelson) is just as interesting as the monster. That comes down to the crazy talents of these four; to be captivated by their unrelenting routine of working at the bar and hanging after work is a real feat.

I won't say more as this film is probably more enjoyable when not everything has been explained, but again this film needs to be seen because it is bloody brilliant. 

★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2