It’s plot is absurd and wonderful and deeply powerful. The kaiju action is charmingly low rent and fans of Hathaway will likely enjoy seeing her in something that isn’t a dopey rom-com or an obvious Oscar plea, but Colossal ultimately feels more likely to be remembered as a flawed curio than a cult classic. The emotions she inspired resulted in a nickname and hashtag – #HathaHaters – and a joke in Amy Schumer’s film Trainwreck, when Schumer’s character reprimands her boyfriend by saying he was acting like Hathaway on Oscars night. Setting up shop there, she runs into childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), who offers her a job at his bar. Initially, Gloria’s mental link-up to the monster seems to be an outsized projection of her self-destructive behavior.
“I have to say that the movie is 100 percent what I wanted to make”, he said.
The film is directed by Spanish writer, director and actor Nacho Vigalondo and has been a film festival favorite, showing at Toronto, Sundance and San Sebastian. The monster movie has always been used as a fun foray into some pretty though provoking arenas. Allegedly, the film is supposed to explore themes of male entitlement. In this way we see a highly abusive relationship begin to form. From there, things get really weird. A monster appears in Seoul mimicking her movements and destroying buildings.
Few celebrities understand getting hate from people quite like Anne Hathaway! Starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis, Colossal(out April 7) explores the monster genre in a clever new way, imagining what it might be like if our inner demons were released onto the world.
It also doesn’t hurt that this giant monster movie also contains some very personal, very realistic issues: domestic abuse, alcoholism, failure, regret, and more. He then adds with a laugh, “You’re familiar with TV stuff, like the Power Rangers stuff”. In its early reels, the movie plays like an oddball sci-fi comedy, but in its second act, the story takes on darker psychological terrain without sufficiently setting up the transition. If you’ve got time to listen, I could teach a class on the ideal way she shut down a sexist Matt Lauer in 2012, and I haven’t even gotten to Hathaway’s delivery of the line “Oops” in The Dark Knight Rises, or the just-right Sunday-afternoon movie that is The Intern.