Friday Flick: Colossal

This one has been on my radar for a really long time, but I only recently watched it. I liked it, but it took a dark turn – darker than I was expecting.

Here’s the trailer:

The premise: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who leaves New York and moves back to her hometown after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spiral out of control, she must figure out why her seemingly insignificant existence is having such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

As I mentioned, I liked this. It was different. It went to a dark place that was interesting. I’ve always like Anne Hathaway as an actress. She doesn’t seem squeamish about the different roles and characters she plays, and really gives it her all. This one is no different. On the surface it seems like a pretty straight forward story. Until it’s not. And as things shift, she does a fantastic job.

Jason Sudeikis is also in the flick, and I have to say – his performance really struck me. I’m used to a certain kind of character out of him, and he gives us that in this movie – again, until he doesn’t. The switch is subtle, until it’s not. And I’m purposely not talking about it because, as River would say – Spoilers Sweetie.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie way more than I thought I would. The SF aspect to it, while cool and well done, is downplayed, IMHO, by the characters and what they’re going through. All in all, really well done.