TIFF 2016: Anne Hathaway Is A ‘Colossal’ Monster


Who’s Behind It

Spanish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo, whose 2007 horror/sci-fi Timecrimes rose to the level of a genre classic despite its tiny budget and lack of special effects.

Who’s In It

Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, some pretty awesome Korean monsters.


Who’ll Love It

Who won’t? Colossal is so charming and inventive that it will even silence the Hathahaters. This is Rachel Getting Married/The Devil Wears Prada Anne. Forget Les Mis ever happened.

What’s It About

We’re going to tiptoe around the plot for this one because any spoilers will have a big impact on your enjoyment of the movie. The setup is this: a New York writer (Hathaway) torpedoes her career and turns her focus to getting as wasted as possible as many nights (and mornings) of the week as she can. Her boyfriend (Stevens) eventually kicks her out, sending her back to her hometown for more of the same at the local bar. Owned by a high school friend with an obvious crush on her (Sudeikis), the bar fast becomes her nightly hangout spot. Every morning she stumbles home to sleep the day away, while in Seoul, a giant monster terrorizes the city. The timing is uncanny.


Why You Should See It

Vigalondo seems to have been deliberate in making Colossal a feminist monster movie where all the world’s problems actually can’t be solved by the protagonist just picking the right guy already—a refreshing idea that’s really gratifying to watch play out in screen if you’ve seen one or more Hollywood rom-coms in your lifetime. On top of that, the movie is fun, smart, well-acted, and capable of surprising viewers more than once as its characters slowly reveal themselves to us and each other.

When You Can See It

Colossal has it’s final TIFF screening on Sunday, September 18 at 8pm. Tickets available here.