Review: Colossal

You know what you shouldn’t do? You shouldn’t work two jobs. But if you do work two jobs, you need to make sure your schedule allows for at least one day off a week. Otherwise, you’ll start getting sick a lot.

So here I am, sick and watching Colossal on Hulu today.

 

Colossal was one of those movies that I wanted to see, but didn’t prioritize it enough before it quickly left the theaters. Thankfully, Hulu grabbed it, so here I am.

 

Here’s a summary of Colossal in twenty words or less:

Gloria moves back to her hometown to fix her alcoholism. Meanwhile, some monster starts attacking South Korea.

 

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And from there, we have the makings of a very unique and quirky movie that you’ll honestly have to watch for yourselves. This is a very different film, and I enjoyed its tenacity in trying something this interesting and weird. There were quite a few Twitter movie bloggers that fell in love with Colossal, so I was kind of excited to see it.

 

Did I end up falling in love with this movie too? No.

 

Don’t get me wrong; I enjoyed Colossal for what it was, but the movie constantly finds ways to trip over itself. Many of these irritations were completely forgivable, but one or two of them were simply too stupid for me to give it a pass.

 

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In fact, this movie is completely reliant on its unique concept to make any sort of true entertainment. Nothing else in this movie creates any sort of lasting impact aside from it.

 

The soundtrack was obnoxious for the first thirty minutes of the movie, and okay for the rest of it.

 

The dialogue had its moments of goodness, but for the most part, it was either mundane or aimless.

 

The film often introduced concepts and rules into this universe, and then never did anything with them afterwards.

 

But none of the “meh” stuff I mentioned is as bad as the two plot twists in the film.

I won’t spoil either of them, but the first one involves an absolutely insane character change that alters the tone of the entire film smack in the middle of the events. The second one reveals why all of this was happening in the first place, and it was such laughable garbage that it took my rating down one point.

 

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In my opinion, what would have made this movie better is if they decided to explain less about what was going on and found some intuitive ways to leave it up to the audience’s interpretations. But if they really wanted a full explanation as to why all this was happening, then they at least could have found so many ways to not make it so stupid.

 

With that said, anything else I could say about this movie would spoil more than I actually want to, and I feel like if I spoiled that, then I would be spoiling the only reason to watch it.

Like I said, I enjoyed this movie for what it was, and my time wasn’t wasted, but at the end of the day, the film couldn’t find a way to be amazing. The dialogue didn’t do anybody any favors, the absolute 180 turn it does in tone was sort of off-putting, and the big reveal was straight up dumb. It doesn’t sink the entire film, but I am disappointed that it wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be.

5 out of 10

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