Colossal

I was pretty pumped to find this movie on Hulu the other day because I wanted to see it, but due to it’s limited indie status it was only showing at weird times at far away theaters. And I’m lazy.

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) has a drinking problem, and her kind of douchey boyfriend kicks her out of their Manhattan apartment to pull it together. She heads back to her podunk hometown in New Hampshire to spend a vacation in her parent’s old rental house. Coincidentally, she runs into Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) a childhood friend and owner of a local bar. He gives her a part-time job to make some cash, despite a bar being the last place Gloria needs to be.

But the world goes topsy-turvy when a giant monster appears in Seoul. And it makes the same gestures and movements that Gloria does…

Genre bending could be a term for it. Genre creating might be another because Colossal is way out of left field. But it’s pretty enjoyable if you can wrap your mind around that fact. Anne Hathaway is amazing as always. Sudeikis is pretty good, but his turn from nice local boy to sadistic madman is really fun.

Clearly originally supposed to be an allegory about the dangers of alcoholism, Colossal goes deeper to comment on lost dreams and power dynamics. It’s quite the wild ride. If you love indie movies this is a great one to see.

3 out of 4 stars.

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