the artistic style is compelling and the warren-lore is fascinating, but the bombastic norwegian seagull is a bit of a head-scratcher.
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Lots of great, great off-the-cuff moments in this film — some lasting for minutes at a time, most for a single line, shot, or action — but not even close to being a cohesive whole. It's severely lacking in the spatial awareness corner — fast and frequent cuts for a catalog of medium close-ups is an interesting choice when your characters all occupy their own spaces within a giant warehouse — as well as the cast awareness corner — some…
Somehow, a film that starts off with a massive kaiju looming over Seoul manages to exemplify some the worst fetishes of action flicks and modern, self-aware TV romcoms.
I appreciate Colossal's overall themes and intentions. I appreciate its commentary on the diverse flavors of toxicity in relationships, and its championing of the independent female spirit. But these intentions don't excuse its heavy-handed, pandering approach to expressing these themes, and they don't excuse its other numerous offenses, from awkward-sexy boy-girl interactions…
I really wanted to love this movie.
For all its soft and artful blooms, All This Panic showcases an ordinary, if not wholly representative, band of private-school teens growing up in NYC and navigating their personal identities as they traverse the ends of their high-school years. More than their lives and arguments, which mostly teeter between various flavors of the vanilla teenage issues, the film is captivating in the openness with which the girls invite the gazing lens of Jenny…