IDDEN behind a dark curtain of hair, Anne Hathaway seems to be doing penance for the shaved head and gimme-the-Oscar bombast of her award-winning turn in Les Miserables.
That movie plunged Hathaway – actress, comedian and singer – into a maelstrom of internet “hate”, which is cheery millennialspeak for irrational, misdirected (and often sexist) rage.
If Hathaway’s new movie, Colossal, doesn’t quiet the haters, nothing will. This clever mash-up of indie rom-coms and Japanese “kaiju” movies (think Godzilla and Mothra) presents an ideal showcase for the actress’s gifts – for spiky self-awareness, slapstick physical humour and subtle changes in tone and colour that sneak up on viewers.
Colossal opens with a scene when a little girl in Seoul clutches her dolly to her chest while an enormous monster terrorises her home town. Cut to 25 years later, when Gloria (Hathaway) stumbles into her boyfriend’s apartment after a raging all-nighter. Clearly it’s happened before, and clearly
HEmily Ratajkowski gets “camera shy”. The star may have starred in Hollywood movies and modelled for some of the biggest brands, but she admits she gets “super embarrassed and nervous” in front of the camera when her family and friends are around as it’s “so much more intimate”. Andie MacDowell’s daughters want her to find love again. The 59-year-old actress – who has been married twice – says her daughters Margaret, 23, and Rainey, 28, would like to see her get back into a relationship, but she says it will take a “really special man” to convince her. bleary search for selfhood and vocation has the same awkward, world-smashing heedlessness.
As a 30-something coming-ofage story, Colossal is as relatable as they come. It ends with an epic showdown between people and Dave Franco’s wife told him he “wasn’t fun to be around” when he starved himself to play a heroin addict in his new movie. The 32-year-old actor had to dramatically lose weight to play a drug user in and it led his wife, Alison Brie, to “call him out”. He said he lost nearly 12kg “in a very short time”. their inner demons, in a set piece that’s nothing less than the fight for each one’s soul. Or is it Seoul? In this observant, entertaining, wildly imaginative movie, just about everything has more than one meaning. – Washington Post
ENTERTAINING: Colossal, a mash-up of indie romcoms and Japanese ‘kaiju’ movies, is a showcase for Anne Hathaway’s talents.