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