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Review: Niche film Colossal unlike anything else in theatres this year

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Colossal
Written by
Nacho Vigalondo
Directed by
Nacho Vigalondo
Starring
Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis and Tim Blake Nelson
Genre
Thriller
Classification
14A
Country
Canada/Spain
Language
English
Year
2016

There are some movies whose premises defy simple description. But here goes: In this half-comedy, half-drama, half-sci-fi epic, an alcoholic named Gloria (Anne Hathaway) discovers she has a strange connection to a giant Godzilla-like monster wreaking havoc on Seoul. To say any more would ruin the wonderful surprises writer-director Nacho Vigalondo has delicately peppered within his film. But it is no spoiler to say the film is simply unlike anything else to play theatres this year – a feat it will likely keep for the foreseeable future. The Spanish filmmaker Vigalondo, who attempted similar genre deconstructions before with the nicely twisted Timecrimes and the not-so-successful Open Windows, delivers an unexpected and singular ride, even if it occasionally stumbles on its own premise. Clearly a movie designed for niche audiences, it will not strike everyone the same way. But for those who embrace Vigalondo's wild wavelength, the rewards are innumerable. At the very least, you will believe that Anne Hathaway can crush an entire city through sheer force of will.

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About the Author

Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the Executive Producer of Features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing has also been featured in several publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. More

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