Many think kaiju movies–Asian giant monster flicks featuring Godzilla, Mothra, and the like–are comedic in their own right. Right or wrong, at some point a worldwide disaster apparently brings along its own laughs. Melodramas, rampaging monsters, usually devoid of a solid plot, kaiju still claims millions of loyal members in its fan base.
A new U.S. film with the look of a J.J. Abrams Cloverfield production or even Attack the Block is coming your way in 2017. Colossal, screening at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, is a monster movie, but probably more of a parody of the giant beasty films. It’s close enough that the company owning the right to the actual Godzilla movies sued the filmmakers of Colossal during production (a confidential settlement was reached in 2015). Academy Award-winning actress Anne Hathaway stars as a rather ordinary woman who happens to have a psychic connection with a giant monster ripping apart the streets of Seoul, South Korea.
Is there an audience for a Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich mash-up?
Take a look at this trailer for Colossal:
Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis co-stars, along with Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), Austin Stowell (Whiplash), and Tim Blake Nelson (Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk).
Look for Colossal in theaters April 7, 2017.