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COLOSSAL | 04.07.17 | Neon | final gross ● 3.03M

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The movie is called Colossal, and according to THR's description, it's about a despondent woman named Gloria who somehow conjures and then psychically controls a giant lizard (not Godzilla, apparently) that begins laying waste to Tokyo. "In order to prevent further destruction, Gloria needsto determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world." http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/markcassidycbm/news/?a=120445

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this is an indie movie with a significantly smaller budget than those blockbusters, but this is a story that is far much more superior and original than every creature feature released since Cloverfield. If The Truman Show, 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Gift, and Pacific Rim had an illegitimate baby, it would be Colossal. Academy Award nominated director Nacho Vigalondo who has had a weird track record with making segments for anthology films such as V/H/S: Viral pulls an inspirational turnaround with a concept that is both original and creative. Instead of displaying action for the sake of the audience's amusement, he focuses more on character development with an absurd story that works so seamlessly. Remember last year where Swiss Army Man was the best what the fudge movie in accounts of storytelling, well this is this year's Swiss Army Man for me. Like Swiss Army Man, Colossal consists of a very weird tone that you would expect to predict every singular plot point from the trailer alone, but throughout you are thoroughly surprised how far both the story and some of the film's characters go.

Just like the Kaiju, Hathaway commands the screen with presence and strength throughout. Because of the film being also as a dark comedy, her timing and delivery is spot on. She mixes her performance between a thin line of comedy and drama and she does a stellar job balancing both.


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