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Colossal review: Party girl faces her demons

 

By Damon Smith

New York City party girl Gloria (Anne Hathaway) fails to get a grip on her hard-drinking and straight-laced boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) throws her out of his apartment.

She returns in shame to her home town to crash in her parents' old house, vacant since they retired to sunnier climes. Childhood friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), helps her get back on her feet and offers her a job at his bar. Gloria begins to turn her life around and she forges friendships with Oscar's buddies Garth (Tim Blake Nelson) and Joel (Austin Stowell).

Breaking news about the appearance of a giant creature in Seoul sends shockwaves around the world, and a dumbfounded Gloria discovers she is connected to this horned harbinger of doom. Flashbacks to a traumatic childhood incident reveal the catalyst for this incredible meeting of human and monster minds.

Colossal is an engrossing and intimate character study with grand ambitions, realised in broad strokes by director Nacho Vigalondo and his special effects team. Hathaway welcomes us into her character's delirium, compelling us to root for her as she confronts her addiction head-on and demons closer to home. Sudeikis is a wonderful foil and there is solid support from Stevens, Nelson and Stowell as the unsuspecting men caught in the crossfire of an epic battle of the sexes.

Four stars

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