“Colossal” is a 2016 science fiction black comedy film directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo.
One of the best SF films of the year, together with “Okja” and “Get Out”.
The film stars Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, and Tim Blake Nelson, telling a story about Gloria, an unemployed young writer played by Hathaway, who is unwittingly causing a giant monster to wreak havoc halfway across the world.
The film’s world premiere was at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was released on April 7, 2017, by Neon.
Vigalondo is one of the world’s best SF films authors, “Los Cronocrímenes“(Timecrimes), being his masterpiece. Other of his SF films are “Extraterrestre” (The Extraterrestrial) and “Colossal“.
Vigalondo’s first film was the 2003 Spanish-language short film “7:35 de la Mañana” (7:35 in the Morning), about a suicide bomber who terrorizes a cafe, which was only eight minutes long.
The film won significant accolades: it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film, got another Best Short Film Award nomination at the European Film Awards, and received the Bronze Moon of Valencia at the Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival, and the Prix UIP Drama at the Drama Short Film Festival.
“That rarest of rare things: an intelligent time-travel movie that actually holds together on closer examination. An exceptionally gripping film that takes the concept to a new level of devilish circularity.”
He finished his first full length feature film, a SF movie,”Los Cronocrímenes“(Timecrimes), in 2007, in which he also co-starred.
“Vigalondo considers that most people will experience a global alien invasion without even knowing it has happened, by listening to rumors, or engaging in pointless activities. Hence Extraterrestre“.
From 2012 to 2014 he wrote and directed a segment in three different anthology horror films: “The ABCs of Death”, “The Profane Exhibit”, and “VHS: Viral”.
In 2014 he also released “Open Windows”, a techno-thriller film that marked his English-language debut.
Vigalondo’s most recent film is the 2017 “Colossal“,
which he wrote and directed.
The film is a twist on the Kaiju genre and an homage to the Godzilla franchise.
Really ? Seems to me that Vigalondo read the French SF writer Daniel Drode’s short story, “Ce qui vient des profondeurs” (1967 ; What comes From the Depths).
Before starting production on “Colossal”, Vigalondo described his plan as to make a serious film with “old school” practical effects on a low budget.