Colossal (2016) Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Colossal (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Gloria-ous.

  • Starring:

    Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheramy, Nathan Ellison, Sarah Surh

  • Directed by:

    Nacho Vigalondo

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are slapped, punched, kicked, grabbed, bitten, thrown to the ground, hit with objects, slammed into walls, picked up by a monster and thrown (fatal), struck by lightning. People fall over, trip over, fall out of bed. A missile launched into a monster causes sympathetic pain in a human. A person stomping causes a city to be destroyed and people killed (implied). Implied deaths caused by a person tripping over. Bullying, blackmailing and controlling behaviour (forcing an alcoholic to drink, threats that people will die/neighbourhoods will be destroyed if a person doesn't comply with demands). A monster causes damage to buildings (knocking into buildings, destruction, rubble, burning buildings, building knocked into car causing it to crash). Objects thrown during argument/in frustration, objects slammed into walls. A firework is lit indoors causing bottles to break, sparks to hit things and room set on fire (arson). A person lets themselves into another's house then waits for them in the dark. A child stomps on another child's project. Story heard about police looking for a man because he beat up his boyfriend. Article with headline "Seoul under attack". Yelling, arguing, mass fear/panic, screaming. People being almost crushed, breaking a window, fist fighting mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood running down forehead after lightning strike, cuts on face, cut on finger, black eye with blood clot. Limping. Hundreds of deaths (implied).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple in bed together (sex implied). Flirting, hugging, suggestive dancing. Innuendo ("note the fingers gyrating around the entertainment area"). Shirtless man in bed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Implied drug use (cocaine). Alcohol (beer/spirits/bar setting). Alcoholism (intoxication, hangover, discussion of drinking problems, lying to cover up behaviour, forgetfulness, drink driving). Smoking (cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Mental illness, psychic connections, alcoholism, relationships, paranoia, hoarding, jealousy, control, collateral damage, self-importance.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead parents mentioned. Giant monster, giant robot. Person out of work for a year. Relationships issues (break up, kicking out of apartment). Nervous tick (head-scratching), falling asleep/passing out in public places. Mother's face scratched out in photo. Person jumping from window into pool. Lightning.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hilarious, absurd, strange, ridiculous, bizarre, ambitious, chilling, brilliant, genre-melting, wry, black, smart, snappy, oddball, original, enjoyable, fun. Ingenious/amusing/outré/high-concept/compellingly odd premise, fierce/self-mocking performance by Anne Hathaway, economical use of CGI, operatic finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frustrating, safe, underdeveloped, thin, overlong. Odd tonal shifts, pedestrian plot, fumbling performance by Jason Sudeikis, fades into generic silliness/broad comedy, not as weird as it should be.

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