Colossal Review – The Oxford Paper (18th May 17)

Print review of Colossal (Neon) for the 18th May edition of The Oxford Paper from Taylor Newspapers.

Review Excerpt:

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“Vigalondo wonderfully plays with genre conventions and narrative structure to muddle all sorts of audience expectations. What seems to be a quirky comedy-drama on the perils of alcohol misuse morphs into worthy romance, then transforms into childhood allegory, until landing in adult psychology – before diving back into human drama. Whenever you feel like you’re getting it, everything turns upside down.

Unusually, this makes for an increasingly enjoyable experience. Rather like the splintering of a kaleidoscope, the multiple angles on the story only make it more gripping and thought-provoking.

Everything is aided by edgy, confident performances – especially from Hathaway and Sudeikis – allowing characters to grow in depth and complexity at every turn. Eric Kress’ creative shot composition and Bear McCreary’s melodramatic score also combine to present a storybook feel, perfect for the magic realism of the plotline and Hathaway’s fable-like hero’s journey.

The whole film feels remarkably fresh and driven amidst a sea of big-budget corporate cinema, and an intriguing behind-the-scenes component may explain this: it is one of the first features to be produced in partnership with the innovative audience-owned ‘entertainment company’ Legion M.”

Cast & Crew

Director(s): Nacho Vigalondo

Writer(s): Nacho Vigalondo

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

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