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Colossal Is a Monster Movie In Which Anne Hathaway Plays the Monster… Kinda.


Colossal is a movie that I’ve hesitantly followed for a while, because the idea of Anne Hathaway starring in a monster movie sounds… intriguing. Unfortunately, though, I’ve been a little worried by some of the descriptions of the movie that I’ve seen, and I’m still not entirely sure what to make of it.

As an example, Ars Technica describes Anne Hathaway’s character Gloria as a “loser millennial… a party girl whose drunken binges cause a giant monster to awaken and rampage through Seoul. The debris of her personal life seems somehow psychically linked to the kaiju destruction.” So, basically, Gloria is an aimless 30-something who has spent her life partying and now, her aimless ways have ended up having disastrous consequences on the rest of the world.

Now, it’s not as though I’m opposed to movies about women who have breakdowns and are flawed characters. (As a random example, the 2011 dark comedy Young Adult, for example, navigates these themes relatively well, I think.) But I was skeptical about the idea of a millennial woman somehow ruining the planet through her own self-destructive behavior–and I’m still skeptical, although now at least we’ve got a trailer (embedded up top). The trailer tells basically the same story: Gloria is a party animal who’s made a lot of mistakes, and now she’s got a telepathic link with a monster that’s wreaking havoc on the other side of the planet.

Every review that I’ve read about this movie so far promises that it’s got surprising twists, though, and that it’s worth a look. I definitely hope it goes beyond just being some statement about how self-involved millennials are, or something. In any case, it’s interesting to see Anne Hathaway taking on more of a goofball role. I don’t think she’s ever gotten to play “hot mess” before, and it looks like she’s having some fun with it.

The movie has already screened in a few places last year, and it gets a wider release in the USA on April 7th, 2017. What do we think so far?

(via /Film, image via screencap)

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