I’ve been over-the-moon psyched for Colossal every since hearing the words “Nacho Vigalondo” and “giant monster movie” in the same sentence. Then the Spanish director put together a top-tier cast—Anne Hathaway, who I’m meh about, and Dan Stevens, who I’m very, very not meh about. Word out of the TIFF premiere last fall confirmed my excitement was justified, and the first trailer is right in my wheelhouse.
This trailer for Colossal is also right in Nacho Vigalondo’s wheelhouse. It may be a kaiju movie, but it’s not your average kaiju movie. Thus far in his career, he’s put his own spin on time travel movies, with Timecrimes; on crime thrillers, with Open Windows; and on the alien invasion narrative, with Extraterrestrial. Now he’s tackling another subgenre this time out.
Sure, there’s a giant monster stomping through Seoul, but this isn’t Godzilla. After Gloria (Anne Hathaway) loses her job, and her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) dumps her, she moves from New York back to her home town where she hangs out with a couple of deadbeat friends (Jason Sudeikis and Tim Blake Nelson). When an enormous creature materializes over South Korea and starts wrecking up the joint, she discovers she’s connected to the beast and that there’s a direct link between the monster and her emotional state. See, told you this wasn’t your average creature feature.
Colossal looks weird and funny, and if I thought I was excited before, now my anticipation is running even hotter.
Nacho Vigalondo has been talking about making a kaiju movie for years. Originally he wanted it to be a guy-in-a-rubber-suit-style feature. Not only that, he wanted to be the guy in the suit. What we see definitely looks a few steps above that, but that’s where he’s coming from, which is promising, and it’s nice to see his vision finally appear.
An at-the-time unknown company picked up the distribution rights to Colossal shortly after it debuted. That turned out to be NEON, a new venture from Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League and RADiUS’ Tom Quinn, folks who know their shit. Colossal is NEON’s first release, and it sounds like a doozy.
It’s screens today at Sundance if you’re fortunate enough to be there (though if you are, I doubt you’re reading this). Fortunately for the rest of us, Colossal is set to stomp through theaters starting on April 7, so we don’t have too long to wait. (And in the meantime, we’ll have Kong: Skull Island to sate our giant, rampaging monster appetites.)