Just when you thought you’d seen pretty much every variation on the monster movie that there was to see, along comes something like Colossal to throw our expectations in the air – and then some.
Brought to the screen by director/writer Nacho Vigalondo (TimeCrimes, Open Windows and various segments of anthology horrors V/H/S Viral and The ABCs Of Death), this follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway), a troubled woman embroiled in a downward spiral of alcoholism and destructive behaviour. Coincidentally, it is around this time that a monster starts rampaging through Seoul, South Korea – which Gloria discovers she has a psychic connection with, cue much drama as she realise that her actions are impacting more than just herself.
Admittedly, there isn’t a huge amount of footage to go by here, but the signs are good initially. Having premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival to generally positive acclaim (Rotten Tomatoes currently has it at a very respectable 81%), and we can see this being an effective enough crowd-pleaser. The monster metaphor may be ever-so-slightly heavy-handed, but it’s still nice to see something different being done with this particular trope.
Hathaway stars alongside Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell, with Nacho Vigalondo with directing and writing the script.
Colossal will hopefully be released in the UK later in 2017. For all the latest movie news, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.