Movie review - Unleashing the beast within

GLORIA (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who finds herself in relationship trouble with her sensible boyfriend, Tim (Dan Stevens), and is forced to move back to her tiny hometown to get her life back on track.

She reconnects with childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), a good-natured bar owner with a coterie of drinking buddies (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell), and resumes her drinking lifestyle.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a larger-than-life creature begins attacking Seoul, South Korea, on a nightly basis, captivating spectators around the world.

One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast.

When Gloria's friends get wind of the bizarre phenomenon, a second, more destructive creature emerges, prompting an epic showdown between the two monsters.

In an interview transcript provided by TGV Cinemas, Sudekis (below) talks about Colossal (top), which opened yesterday in cinemas here, and his role in the film.

How would you describe this movie?

"It is insane. I would say it is about a woman who when she drinks, a monster attack Seoul. And it gets laughter, and people would go: 'Great, I should check that out'.

"It is quite tough to explain as there is [a] twist … So when I tried explaining to people for five minutes, they were lost.

"So I tried asking director (Nacho Vigalondo) how to describe this movie.

"He told me that it is a movie about a woman who goes back to her home, and every time she drinks, a monster attacks Seoul!

"I was like 'okay, I will do that'."

What makes you accept this role with a script like this?

"I read the script and it was great! Maybe it is just for my own ignorance and lack of imagination …

"I don't know many people that can pull this off and I watched Nacho's short films, and I was definite that this guy could do it."

Do you see this as a feminist movie?

"Yeah, I could see that. I defer more to women to a degree to decide that.

"But it feels more about the empowerment versus the equality of, which, I think that would help balance out the history that we've led up to this point.

"But I'd say, yeah it's feminist, from my point of view.

"Like what Anne (Hathaway) said, this movie records a very accurate experience for women, which is people trying to control them, people believing they have a right to control them, people not trusting them to make their own decisions, thinking that, they need to be controlled.

"I am hesitant for it to be sold as that because of what you're speaking of.

"That word, at its denotative level, is [about] equality for both genders.

"To have a female protagonist that has an arc that Gloria has is an equal measure to films that, for ages and ages, have been men going through those same journeys.

"So it's feminist in regards to movies, like it's a tick in the box under 'F' instead of 'M'; we've got a long way to go until those ticks balance.

"So it's feminist in that regard, but I don't believe it is the theme necessarily."

Can guys see this movie as a metaphor for society in a different way, with anything going on today?

"You're leading the witness! Yeah, I mean, without a doubt.

"And again, this is a credit to Nacho, because I don't think he actively had a bunch of corkboards with 'alcoholism' and 'toxic masculinity' – he didn't hit all these themes.

"It came out of him because he's an open, childlike, artistic soul with as good of a left brain as a right brain.

"And so, when you watch it, there's all sorts of metaphors going on there.

"I think it's the dealer's choice. I think that's one of the neat things about the movie – it's not explicit in what it's about."

Watch the trailer here :