Sunday, April 2, 2017

“Colossal” Not Your Typical “Godzilla” Movie

By José Alberto Hermosillo
Fantastic, bizarre and surprisingly funny!

“Colossal” departs from a love story to a disaster movie, with fateful consequences in other latitudes, for instance, Seoul, South Korea.

When humanity creates monsters that destroy cities and kill innocents, heroes must rise to fight the supernatural evil.
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Anne Hathaway, unrecognizable, out of her memorable Oscar©-winning performance in “Les Misérables,” and away from the glamor of “The Devil Wears Prada. She transforms herself now into this crazy, and alcoholic New Yorker named Gloria.

Fired from her job and dumped by her immature boyfriend, Dan Stevens (“Beauty and the Beast”), Clara seeks refuge in her small hometown in the middle of nowhere.
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There, she is going to be rescued by Oscar, Jason Sudeikis (“Horrible Bosses,” “Drinking Buddies”).

Jason’s character starts as the likable, cool guy, owner of a bar, who offers her a job and cares for her. All because he still has a huge crush on her since elementary school.

Here, jealousy and bad memories become their greatest enemy in their nonexistent love story.  

Sudeikis is terrific playing the insane!
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Anne Hathaway is remarkable as a comedienne. Her clumsiness raises the bar for this performance. In actuality, she was five months pregnant when the production started.

As Clara tries to sober up, she realizes that she has control over another being, bigger than herself, far away from her tiny, little, crazy universe. She has the responsibility to save the World. 

When Oscar learns Clara's secret, he gets mad, insane, and loses control of himself.

The eternal battle between women and men begins.
Nacho Vigalondo. Photo by Jose Hermosillo.
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After “Cronocrimes/Los Cronocrimenes (2007),” turned into a big hit in festivals around the world, visionary Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo in “Colossal,” intelligently, mixed adventure, drama, disaster, and Science Fiction with comedy.

Coincidentally, this independent production continues in the same  genre as Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” or even Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim.”

Funny, humble and unconventional, Vigalondo is a very creative director. He likes to change the rules of the game and also to alter the stereotypes of his odd characters in the minds of his audience. He is resourceful and, above all, the Spanish director “tiene mucho corazón.”

Furthermore, he is very passionate about his craft. For example, the monsters in his film are creatures with no gender.
Nacho Vigalondo. Photo by Jose Hermosillo.
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The level of production and budget in “Colossal” was too big for the standards he was used to. Yet, he was surprised that his producers wanted more special effects, with no limits, no worries. He was given total creative freedom for his first film in English lingo.
Nacho wants to be politically correct. For that reason, he said, this movie is open to interpretation, and it doesn’t push any particular agenda. He feels that movies are a product of their time.

He chose to set part of his story in South Korea because the two stories have to be divergent and as far away as possible. “An explosion in Paris is more dramatic than in Syria because humanity tends to minimize one culture over another.”

Technically, “Colossal” contains odd moments, dark cinematography, and rough transitions that can confuse the audience, but all is good. People will wonder about whether the human species will be destroyed or triumph over the evil forces. All is done with comedy.
In a rare appearance at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Nacho spoke about the film-writing process: “Write what you like, something that you are passionate about, something amazing. Do not write two or three bad transition scenes just to fill up the page; it won't work. Create something fantastic, no matter if it has continuity or not. For, you see, the sky is ‘Colossal.’ ”

COLOSSAL Theatrical Trailer

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