Colossal (2016) Tuesday, 02 June 2020

Colossal (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • 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)


    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).


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


    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).


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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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