Colossal - 4.5 Stars
Absurdist, existential comedy/drama is a phenomenal piece of art.
A woman discovers that severe catastrophic events are somehow connected to the mental breakdown from which she's suffering.
I was completely unaware of what I was walking into, I had seen positive press from the earlier US release, but no trailers, blurbs or any other promotional material found its way to me. This meant, for this first time in a while I had zero expectations of a film. It was outstanding, I know this is billed as a comedy, but it’s certainly more of a drama. I am not typically a fan of Anne Hathaway, but her performance in this is extraordinary. Her performance shows obvious layers, but has subtle nuances that demonstrate the level of thought given to the role. Jason Sudeikis proves that he is not only an excellent comedian, but a truly menacing, phenomenal dramatic actor. Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson round out the fantastic supporting cast.
Visually, musically and cinematographically the film is superb. The use of light and dark, CGI and scenery is exceptionally clever. Nacho Vigalondo writes and directs the film and his mind is scarily exciting, this comes from a very unique place and I can’t wait to see his next offering.
Overall you need to see the movie, because it’s excellent cinema. One for the history books.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas