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Colossal is weird and wonderful!

Anne Hathaway stars as a New Yorker in an absorbing film that suddenly takes a monstrous left turn

18 May, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Jason Sudeikis and Anne Hathaway in Colossal

COLOSSAL
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Certificate 12a
☆☆☆☆

WHAT a surprising film this is, with a metaphor for addiction that tackles the issue with originality and wit.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is a New Yorker who earns a living writing stuff for an online website. But she can’t help but stay out all night getting on one – and eventually her Brit boy-friend Tim (Dan Stevens) has had enough of the all-night boozing and kicks her out of his flat.

She heads back to her home town to stay in an empty house her parents’ own and get her self together – but she hooks up with an old school friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who, disastrously for someone trying to lead a more temperate life, happens to own a bar.

She falls into working there and staying after last orders for a lock in.

Meanwhile – and this is where the film takes a sharp left turn from being a hipster, isn’t-it-hell-to-be-out-of-the-first-spring-of-youth-and-having-to-grow-up – at the same time a giant lizard is terrorising Seoul in South Korea.

Gloria discovers through her drunken haze that the monster is her alter ego – and she can control it. She then sets out to discover why her demons have taken shape in this manner – and unravel a mystery that links to past trauma and involves her seemingly generous mate, Oscar.

Weird, yes, but this is a hugely watchable dollop of magic realism done in a way that makes such a far-fetched idea absorbing. It is helped by the leads – Hathaway and Sudeikis are excellent, as is support provided by Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell as the bar-stool liggers who like a late-night beer.

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