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Running Time:
1 hr. 50 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Although its singular strangeness can be disorienting, but if you hang on you may find that its genre-defying execution and Anne Hathaway's performance well worth watching.

Additional Info:
Anne Hathaway ... Gloria
Jason Sudeikis ... Oscar
Austin Stowell ... Joel
Tim Blake Nelson ... Garth
Dan Stevens ... Tim
Hannah Cheramy ... Young Gloria
Nathan Ellison ... Young Oscar Sarah Surh ... Mother
Rukiya Bernard ... Maggie
Melissa Montgomery ... Waitress
Carlos Joe Costa ... Old Man


Crashing on an air mattress in her old childhood home, Anne Hathaway is an out-of-work blogger takes a job working with an old friend, a bar owner played by Jason Sudeikis, who's always had an unrequited crush on her. Up to now, I admit this all sounds terribly conventional, even if it does have random newscasts in the background showing a rampaging lizard destroying Seoul. Eventually, Hathaway realizes the monster is somehow being controlled by her, despite having no connection whatsoever to Seoul. She convinces her new friends, including a coked-up Tim Blake Nelson and thickheaded Austin Stonewall that the monster is her, and this is when COLOSSAL gets really interesting.

As much as Hathaway is the lead, the movie hinges on Sudeikis's performance. He's perfectly cast, with a dark twist revealing something interesting that subverts the pining nice guy stereotype. I won't give away what it is, but it takes Colossal into surprisingly dark territory, with the lives of millions at stake. That director Nacho Vigolando is able to do this without ever really showing any carnage or even the monster itself (created with some admittedly dodgy special effects that could have been cleaned-up a bit). It's a truly impressive mix of comedy, tragedy, spectacle and some dark drama, but it all comes together really well.

Colossal also marks a return to form for Hathaway, who's mostly cast in big studio films but often does her best work in indie fare. In a way, this is a companion piece to RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, with her character a similar party-girl, with a substance abuse problem, which is played mostly for laughs, with Dan Stevens as her boyfriend. As the movie goes on, you understand why Hathaway would opt for such an offbeat assignment, as she’s really given the opportunity to carry the film and play a character who’s not defined by her relationships, as she too often is in most of her films. This is really Hathaway at her best.

The only problem with the premise of Colossal is that the “rules” they try to establish for the monsters don’t really hold up to scrutiny, and the conclusion is a little too clever for its own good. It’s clear Vigolando also wanted to end the film on a note that would please genre fans, although it feels out of tune with the rest of the film, still, Colossal is a defiantly original, often very funny, monster movie.


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