Blake Crane reviews “Colossal” and “The Ticket” for Film Racket

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Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal is an unconventional, and extremely enjoyable, monster movie that explores the self-destruction and collateral damage caused by a broken individual. The fact that she’s controlling a giant kaiju laying waste to a city halfway around the world only raises the stakes, be they logical, emotional, or even comedic.


A blind man regains his sight in The Ticket, which plays like a one-stanza fable extended to feature-length screenplay without any complexity added to the moralizing. The title refers to an anecdote within the anecdote, a yarn about a man who prays to win the lottery but never buys a ticket. The central character touched by the miracle of vision tells this story several times to hammer home its meaning, which isn’t far off from the strategy of The Ticket.


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