GIFTS SNEAK

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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.

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