Anne Hathaway is more than aware that she was intensely disliked four years ago. She nearly immediately run into her childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). Then, Vigalondo departs from his monster flick predecessors as the audience finds out that Gloria, a relative nobody a world away, is for whatever reason mentally linked with the monster. She starts dancing and scratching her head, exactly the way the alien monster does it.
This inexplicable connection sets the stage for an anything goes sci-fi comedy. A amusing thing happens after her small town benders, though.
"He takes a split-second pause and goes, 'Your character's a drunk, you're bloated, it's ideal!" she said about his reaction.
Gloria is not the most well-adjusted person. While his demons are introduced - at one point we get a glimpse of his disgustingly cluttered home - "Colossal" instead reaches for a commentary on male privilege. It provides Hathaway with a slight stretch beyond her comfort zone - as well as the opportunity to play a character that is nearly always male - but Gloria never stops feeling like a watered-down version of Charlize Theron's Mavis from the excellent 2011 film Young Adult. He's well-paired with Hathaway, who hints at how screwed-up Gloria is without overdoing it.
The Saturday Night Live alum said that he didn't offer parenting advice to Hathaway, who was expecting Jonathan during shooting of Colossal.
"When somebody like that wants to make your film, you're blessed", Vigalondo said.
If you are looking for a high paced action film to take your mind off of your life, wait to see the new Fast and the Furious movie. These unusual transitions deliver a kind of tonal whiplash and risk the audience's connection to these likable characters. In other words, Colossal is a guilty pleasure which, given the underwhelming quality of most Hollywood blockbusters nowadays, will likely rank in quite a few best film lists at the end of the year. In order to make the film, there's no time to deal with it, to pull your punches, to be gentle, to be smart, to be able to drive the movie to a place where the sun settles.
Nevertheless, the creativity of the filmmaker's conceit is that any humanity in the creature is placed there by Hathaway, in terms of narrative storytelling as well as in her performance always reacting to the fact that she remotely controls a beast from the sea.
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