Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.


Playing like a cross between a typical US small town-set indie drama and a gigantic monster B-movie, Colossal is an original and intriguing film that follows Gloria, an unemployed, hard partying woman who gets kicked out of her boyfriend's New York City apartment and finds herself moving back to her small home town. At the same time a huge monster appears on the streets of Seoul causing chaos and behaving bizarrely.

It soon becomes apparent that there may be a connection between Gloria and the monster. And that's just the start of an odd and refreshingly unusual film that goes into darker places than the goofy sounding premise suggests, with the initial novelty turning to more weighty subject matter like addiction and abusive relationships as the film progresses.

Key to keeping the film emotionally grounded as events get weirder are two fantastic performances from Anne Hathaway as Gloria and Jason Sudeikis as her former childhood friend Oscar. Sudeikis in particular gives a darker and more interesting performance than usual. Though Dan Stevens is slightly wasted as Gloria's boyfriend and a fine Tim Blake Nelson also sadly disappears halfway through.

The film is slightly over-long at 110 minutes and starts to drag a little towards the end, while a fairly low budget means the special effects are functional rather than outstanding but going into a summer of overblown CGI blockbusters, Colossal is a unique breath of fresh air.

By Kevin Knapman

Colossal (15)

1h 49m

Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson

UK Release: Friday 19th May 2017

Colossal: "Revelation" Clip

Colossal: "Remember" Clip