Colossal 2016 Review: The film is abusive relationships

Being a man in a Nacho Vigalondo movie is a dangerous occupation. Even the guys who initially seem to be reasonable always let their baser side show in the long run. And just as no instinct for his characters is too low, no concept is too high for Vigalondo. Who has thought nothing of taking on time travel and alien invasion on a rock bottom budget. He doesn’t just think big, he thinks Colossal and this time, its Japanese Kaiju-style monsters that are in his sights.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unhappy, unemployed. Self-absorbed alcoholic New Yorker who’s just been understandably dumped by her exasperated boyfriend Tim (The Guest’s Dan Stevens). Lacking other options, she heads back to her small hometown to live in her parents’ old, empty house.

Soon she runs into childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and his buddies Joel (Austin Stowell) and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson). Gets a job at Oscar’s bar. And settles in to what seems like a cheerful life of blackout drinking and low-stakes hanging out. Then a giant lizard-like monster starts terrorizing Seoul, and Gloria accidentally discovers the monster is mirroring her movements.

Having complete control of a giant monster sounds like a fantasy comes true. Especially for a woman who’s so clearly out of control in so many other ways. But the burden becomes a tremendous emotional burden for Gloria. Who isn’t even equip to handle the minimal responsibility of blowing up her own air mattress. And things get much worse when one of the men in her life starts using the monster situation to blackmail her. So trying to force her into an unwanted, squirmy intimacy.

Colossal (Co Gai Va Ga Khong Lo) is abusive relationships, all the sleazy manipulative tactics abusers use, and also kaiju.

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