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The Monster Within

Saturday, April 08, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

Nacho Vigalondo
Cast: Anne Hathaway and others
Rating: * * * ½

If it is possible to make a romantic drama blend with a monster movie, then Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo’s, 'Colossal' has managed this feat and pulled it off too. Even in parts where the film flounders, at least it cannot be accused of being boringly predictable.

Gloria (Anne Hathway) is a New York-based online journalist who has more problems than she can deal with. She is unemployed and drinks too much which leads to her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) packing her bags and throwing her out. With nowhere else to go, she heads back to her hometown and her deceased parents’ empty house. Almost immediately, her childhood buddy Oscar (Jason Sudeikis) turns up to offer support. He gives her a part-time job in a bar he runs and also helps furnish her house. She ends up spending a lot of time with him and his two best friends, Garth (Tim Blake Nelson) and Joel (Austin Stowell).

Then, a giant Godzilla-like monster makes an appearance in Seoul, wreaking havoc every night. Gloria watches videos of it and finds a strange and scary connection between her and the monster. When the viewer is settling down for some usual critter-on-rampage thrills, the film takes a dark turn. 'Colossal' has some daringly oddball and far-fetched ideas, but Vigalondo keeps the audience guessing and switching moods. Without getting any spoilers in, what Hathway goes through involves childhood trauma. However, Hathaway (who is also a co-producer) gives a star turn as a character who has very few redeeming virtues.
 For her, the movie is worth a look, and she is just one of the many baits.

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