MOVIE REVIEW: COLOSSAL (Nacho Vigalondo, 2016)

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Started as a cool concept where Anne Hathaway controlled a Godzilla/Cloverfield-like monster in Seoul, but eventually abandoned its metaphors and never went beyond its “There’s a monster in all of us” tagline. I wonder what Charlie Kaufman could have done with this conceit.

By the time it reached its final act, it had turned into an actual disaster by way of Ashley Judd revenge B-movies where all men were the real monsters.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

(Originally published May 30, 2017.)

 

MOVIE REVIEW: A MONSTER CALLS (J.A. Bayona, 2016)

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About a boy that occasionally lived in a fantasy world to escape the harsh realities of his sad life that included a sick mother, a loathing grandmother, and an absentee father.

The transitions between the actual world and the glorious animated landscapes were superb. I was easily drawn to the fairy tales that may or may not have been manifestations of the boy’s depression.

In a cast that had such fine performances (Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, the voice of Liam Neeson), it was Lewis MacDougall that delivered the heartbreak and pain in a breakthrough role, reminiscent of last year’s Jacob Tremblay.

The humans here were indeed complicated beasts and by the time someone spoke the truth, I was sobbing loudly in my seat.

Bring a box of tissues.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published November 2, 2016.)