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Review: Colossal

Title: Colossal
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Anne HathawayJason SudeikisDan Stevens
Runtime: 1 hr 49 mins

What It Is: Gloria (Hathaway) loves to party. So much so her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) has broken it off with her and kicked her out of his house. Now having to move back home she has to deal with those issues she catches up with childhood friend Oscar (Sudeikis). Around the time of her arrival back home a kaiju (or large monster) begins to attack Seoul, South Korea many don’t understand why. Turns out that upon her return home following her ejection from Tim’s home she’s the one controlling the kaiju. How’d this happen?

What We Think: This film is more than the sum of its parts. Anne Hathaway gives a bonkers performance. She’s usually really good and that pattern continues here. Sudeikis is excellent as well and he has probably the most interesting arc of all the characters. There’s a couple of script issues that could have been cleaned up but overall director Nacho Vigalondo’s words feel fresh and the story itself is so obscure and weird its awesome. Again despite some inconsistent character moments I think most if not all the characters are at one time likable.

Our Grade: A-, One of 2017’s tightest films it stick to what it wants to do and never reach past that. It’s that structure, laser focused and well thought out that really elevates everything. I cannot recommend this film much more highly than I currently am. See this one even if your one of those people who don’t like Anne Hathaway, why wouldn’t you she’s charming! She’s even better when you put her in indie films look at stuff like Song One where she can just do what she does and that’s be an Oscar-caliber actress who already has one statue on her table.

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