THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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#67 is another monster movie, but nothing like Caltiki. I have been waiting for Colossal since I heard about this movie playing the Toronto International Film Festival. I had seen a really cool Spanish film named Timecrimes (2007) by a director named Nacho Vigalondo that did some clever and fun things with a time loop plot. Well, he also happens to be the writer/director of Colossal, which boasts one of the more unusual plots to roll down the pike in some time. Y’see, Glo...ria (Anne Hathaway) is a mess. She’s unemployed, drinks too much and her boyfriend is so fed up with her that he packs her things and asks her to leave. With nowhere else to go, she goes back to her parents’ old house to crash (her parents aren’t there – no clue where they are) where she runs into old childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). They hang out and she eventually starts working at his bar part-time. Meanwhile, in Seoul (!) a kaiju (giant monster) appears and causes all kinds of destruction there. Unrelated? I think NOT! Gloria eventually figures out that every morning at 8:05am, her walking through a local playground causes the monster to appear! By trying to figure out a solution to this craziness, Gloria slows down on the drinking and starts to gain some control over her life. That’s when we find that Oscar has a problem with control, too – in a way that’s not good for Gloria or the residents of Seoul! Colossal is all about control and how every little thing we do in our lives matters. Hathaway is solid, wearing bangs and looking unglamorous as all heck as Gloria, who’s just out of control and doesn’t seem to care a whit. But Sudeikis is really good as Oscar, who grows his character from nice guy to control freak in a slow build that will startle you as Colossal heads for its unorthodox ending. This film is not for everyone, especially if you like things linear, but we loved it.

TLA one-word review: surprising

COLOSSAL (2017)