Colossal, the upcoming monsters-in-your-brain flick starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, has been a genuine curiosity since it was first announced. On Friday night, the film took its first bow, making its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival. And, well, this nutty high concept movie appears to be living up to its name since early reviews for the feature are pretty nuts, meaning all over the map. Consensus titles are boring though, right?
The premise is certainly loony. Hathaway stars as Gloria, a hard-drinking women in the throes of a mental breakdown, who learns that her movements can control a giant Godzilla-like kaiju monster located in Seoul, Korea. So, she can essentially cause a city-wide devastation brought on by her own mental anguish after being dumped by her boyfriend. Nutball high-concept premises don’t get much more bonkers than that. Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (who earned an Oscar nomination for the 2003 short film 7:35 de la mañana) wrote and directed the feature that also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson.
The film also received a notable, if perhaps unwanted, bit of attention as a lawsuit came about in the summer of 2015 over similarities between the film and Godzilla. Japanese company Toho and Colossal‘s production company Voltage Pictures were able to reach a settlement in October of 2015.
Early reviews and reactions have been equally nutty. In his review over at The Guardian, Benjamin Lee wrote, “Given the bizarro conceit, there’s something surprisingly, and frustratingly, safe about the film” while Eric Kohn over at Indiewire was a lot more generous, writing, “A hilarious monster movie in miniature, Colossal wrestles its absurd premise into a clever and frequently hilarious riff on moody young adults trapped by their insecurities.”
As of now, Colossal doesn’t yet have distribution in the United States, however that may certainly change soon given the players of the film and the fascinatingly berserk early response to the film.
COLOSSAL: Every Nacho Vigalando movie sounds so fun! Every Nacho Vigalando movie IS so awful. a memorably kooky waste of good ideas. #Tiff16
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 10, 2016
COLOSSAL is crazy fun. If you like monster movies like Godzilla it’s a must see film. Will def surprise you. Don’t read much about it.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) September 10, 2016
COLOSSAL: Surely the greatest self-loathing thirtysomething “I drink too much” kaiju drama of all time. #tiff
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) September 10, 2016
COLOSSAL: A monster movie for the PokemonGo generation, but more irritating than that sounds. 1 long, dumb, poorly drawn out gimmick #TIFF16
— JASON (@MichaelNotCera) September 10, 2016
Anyway. COLOSSAL is great. Best of the fest so far https://t.co/a9OIZR5A1w
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) September 10, 2016