Every once in a while a movie comes along that’s truly great but burdened with the fact that on paper it just seems…well…odd. It can be for a whole multitude of reasons but whatever they are, they often keep people from making the trip to the movie theater even if you tell them that once they see it, they’ll be happy they did.
A great example of this is 2015’s “The Lobster“, which I wrote glowingly about previously on this blog. If I said to you, “hey, want to go see this movie about the absurd lengths people will go to in order to find love and companionship?” you’d probably say “sure!” But if I then told you that movie involved a man going to a resort where he’s expected to find love in 40 days or he gets turned into the animal of his choosing, you’d likely run screaming. (I mean, you probably wouldn’t run screaming. Realistically you probably just look at me weird and say “hmmm maybe not”, but for the sake of this argument, let’s go with the running and the screaming.)
The same probably goes for “Colossal“, a lovely movie I saw recently. If I said, “hey, want to go see a movie about how powerful women can intimidate the often-fragile male ego?” you’d probably say “sounds dope, let’s do it.” But if I then told you that movie involved a woman who discovers that she has a weird mental connection to a giant monster wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea, you’d probably slowly back out of the room. (Again, you probably wouldn’t really slowly back out of the room. At least, I hope you wouldn’t. That would be super rude.)
And yet, that’s what “Colossal” is, and it’s great. Starring Anne Hathaway as the woman in question, the film follows her as she returns to her hometown after she loses her swank writing gig and gets kicked out of her boyfriend’s apartment. There she runs into Jason Sudeikis‘ character, her sort-of childhood friend who gives her a job at his bar and becomes one of the first people she tells about her grim discovery.
There’s isn’t really much I can say about the movie other than that, but you can probably assume it doesn’t veer into predictable territory. In fact, that’s what makes it great. From the start, it’s nowhere near predictable and it keeps you guessing until the end. Sure, there are some elements of the story that don’t make a whole lot of sense, but if you’re really looking at a movie like this for logic, then you should probably go elsewhere.
So do your best to look past the more than a little ridiculous description and go see “Colossal.” I’m like, 85% sure you’ll like it. And then you too can struggle to try and explain it to your friends.
Have you seen “Colossal”? Have any other movies that are great if you can get past their weird-sounding premise? Are you also somehow connected to a monster wreaking havoc on a foreign city? I certainly hope not! If so, you should definitely remember to…