Colossal

A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.

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  • ★★★½ review by Lucy on Letterboxd

    maybe a little too ambitious for it's own good, and also simultaneously underwhelming, but i honestly LOVED the concept and ending enough to forgive it's flaws

    also: original screenplays like this are an absolute NECESSITY. even if they don't hit their mark perfectly, they still make most churned out mainstream hollywood scripts look ridiculously lazy in comparison, and are completely worth the risk of creating and putting out into the world

  • ★★★★½ review by isa on Letterboxd

    this is one of the best movies about toxic masculinity ever made and STILL it's going over men's heads? my dudes i do not know what else we gotta do. anyway anne hathaway is A QUEEN and this also has the best final shot i've ever seen what a win for feminism and me personally

  • ★★★★ review by xav on Letterboxd

    no wonder most of the bad reviews come from men

  • ★★★★ review by ellie on Letterboxd

    we need more movies that call out toxic masculinity & male entitlement and we need them now!!!!

  • ★★★★ review by Minty on Letterboxd

    This was good! Its underlying themes and ideas were even better! I won't delve too much into plot details - you deserve to experience this film and all of its layers for yourself - but I will say that eye-catching early premise wears thin. And then it quietly switches things up and becomes ten times better as a result. From a filmmaking perspective, this is as innovative as they come. Nacho Vigalondo, working off a relatively minimal budget of $15M, crafts a monster movie that feels far more destructive than any superhero or kaiju extravaganza in recent years. The operative word here is feels. Vigalondo conveys so much threat through subtext and shrewd direction - he doesn't need those big ol' 'sposions.

    His cast help too, namely Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens & Hall Pass icon Jason Sudeikis. It's really a trio of strong performances. Everyone else fades into the woodwork a little - they're all so strangely passive. Hathaway's the highlight - this is undoubtedly her movie - though the onscreen chemistry she shares with Sudeikis makes for one of the most interesting double acts I've seen all year. Tonally, it feels like a mainstream/Sundance dramedy-hybrid meets enigmatic sci-fi affair - and mostly pulls it off (it maybe tries to do a little too much). Pleasantly, it never takes itself too seriously - yet seriously enough to pack quite the dramatic punch. This feels doomed to fail at the box office (and looking at those numbers, it's right on course) - but should hopefully find a loving audience in the long-run. It's a cult classic in-the-making - so if it's showing in a cinema near you, try to be on the right side of this one.

    Written for mintsanity

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