The film definitely delivers on the premise. It pays homage to the films of the kaiju genre very well, especially in the opening scene. The mystery element is also especially strong, with the twists and turns not really being that predictable. The main dramedy aspects of the film also work. There is definitely commentary in the film, and while direct, it is definitely insightful. The comedy is consistently funny when it occurs, often warranting a major laugh, however, these moments are balanced with natural emotional moments with the characters, who are perfectly flawed to create audience sympathy and further develop commentary.
I thought that it was definitely impressive what the film was able to pull of on a modest budget. The CGI is really great, looking good, but never stealing the show from the character-driven story. The cinematography is equally good, impressing with its fluidity. The actors all do a fine job in their roles. Anne Hathaway is obviously great, and Jason Sudeikis delivers a performance with a surprising amount of range. Tim Blake Nelson and Dan Stevens are hilarious in supporting roles, but they are slightly underused, as their characters could have used a bit more screen time.
Overall, I thought that "Colossal" was a funny, innovative film that pays homage to a genre that I love. I am very happy that I got to see it at the festival, and I am hoping that I can see it again if it expands to a theater closer to me during its normal theatrical release.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.