Colossal ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Anne Hathaway plays a drunken mess who returns to her empty childhood home after being dumped by her boyfriend (a mostly underused Dan Stevens). Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, there is a monster creating rampage in Seoul and somehow the two are connected. To say more will spoil this genre melting pot of a film so instead I would urge you not to read anymore until you have seen it. This film is a rom-com, a science fiction monster movie, a black comedy, an indie relationship drama and one colossal metaphor all at once (that last one I am not entirely sure what it is but it has something to do with alcoholism and the monster it creates for you and your loved ones). It is so refreshing to find myself, a frequent and slightly jaded movie-goer who think I have seen everything, being genuinely surprised and not knowing where the story is taking me. Some of the plotting might not make perfect sense but it grounds itself in just enough logical sense to make it plausible and it is helped immensely by the casting of Hathaway and SNL alumni and frequent rom-com participator Jason Sudeikis. Their performances and the expectations associated with their presence are perfectly utilised by a thought out, succinct and often very funny script from writer-director Nacho Vigalondo, who as far as I am concerned came out of nowhere (actually, I think he’s from Spain, maybe from Marid (sic)) but who is sure a name I’ll look out for in the future if this film is anything to go by. As for this imaginative and original film, there is simply nothing out there like it and I’d think there wouldn’t be one for a while after too, so cherish and go see it.

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