It’s probably not what you think it is, but that’s okay… mostly.
If there were a gambling site where you could go to make bets on how people are bound to react to individual movies. The money-making gambit of the season would be slapping your life savings on “Colossal (Co Gai Va Ga Khong Lo) is really going to piss people off”. How many people. And how pissed off they’re going to get, will probably depend on whether the advertising gets more specific. And transparent about what the movie actually is. From the currently available teaser, Nacho Vigalondo’s latest movie looks like a playful magical-realist comedy about a woman discovering she’s somehow controlling a giant monster on the other side of the planet. It’s sort of that, for a few minutes at a time. The rest of the time, it’s a strong, angry statement about gender relationships that seems primed to alienate roughly half its audience.
What’s it about?
Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an unhappy, unemployed. Self-absorbed alcoholic New Yorker who’s just been understandably dumped by her exasperated boyfriend Tim (The Guest’s Dan Stevens). Lacking other options, she heads back to her small hometown to live in her parents’ old, empty house. Soon she runs into childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) and his buddies Joel (Austin Stowell) and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson). Gets a job at Oscar’s bar. And settles in to what seems like a cheerful life of blackout drinking and low-stakes hanging out. Then a giant lizard-like monster starts terrorizing Seoul, and Gloria accidentally discovers the monster is mirroring her movements.
Having complete control of a giant monster sounds like a fantasy comes true. Especially for a woman who’s so clearly out of control in so many other ways. But the burden becomes a tremendous emotional burden for Gloria. Who isn’t even equip to handle the minimal responsibility of blowing up her own air mattress. And things get much worse when one of the men in her life starts using the monster situation to blackmail her. So trying to force her into an unwanted, squirmy intimacy.
The film is abusive relationships, all the sleazy manipulative tactics abusers use, and also kaiju.