Just from watching the trailer, it's easy to assume that this is a fun fantasy tale involving a down on her luck woman who discovers she can control a giant monster on the other side of the planet. All that does describe what happens in this movie, but there's more to it than that. With Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis in the picture, it's easy to assume that it also has some romantic-comedy vibe to it as well. That vibe can be felt in this movie, but there's much more to it than that. Can I just say that whatever you think this movie is, based on the initial level of just what you've seen in the trailer, well there is so much more to it than that.
It's a giant monster movie, but it's not really a giant monster movie, except that it is. Kinda. Needless to say, this film absolutely subverted my expectations to what it's about. If you're only looking forward to the Anne Hathaway and the giant monster story, don't worry because that is ever present throughout the movie, and produces several very entertaining highlights to see play out on screen. Kudos to Writer-Director Nacho Vigalondo for making this very enjoyable and imaginative take of a giant monster movie.
To my pleasant surprise, this movie is also much more thought provoking than I initially thought it was going to be. The social commentaries, allegories, and metaphors, featured in the story should definitely make you want to discuss this movie in depth after seeing it. Talking about the negative repercussions of alcoholism, abusive personalities, life regrets, and other heavy subject matters, is a delicate balance that the movie successfully balances between the scenes of fun lightheartedness to those moments that get really dark. There are some plot points that I can see people having issues with, but it's hard to deny the clever writing of this movie.
This is a genre-defying story that fits perfectly well within the indie-film aesthetics, as it is far from just being another typical Hollywood special effects blockbuster. If it needs to also be mentioned, Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis are fantastic in this, as well as the supporting cast like Tim Blake Nelson and Dan Stevens. From beginning to end, the story and the cast got my complete attention. This giant monster movie is an instant classic in my eyes.
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P.S. Full disclosure, I am an investor in "Legion M," which is one of the companies involved in this movie. Don't let that sway your opinion of what I thought about the film, because I'm just glad that I loved it as much as I did, especially since my money went into this project in some way.