Published On: Fri, May 19th, 2017

Colossal reviews round-up: Is Anne Hathaway’s 'WEIRD' comeback film any good?

Initial buzz around the film was decidedly mixed, however it now seems the sci-fi-tinged rom com – which Hathaway admitted was a big risk – is enjoying a much better reaction.

The Telegraph gave the film four stars, calling it “Hathaway’s best role since the late [Jonathan] Demme reinvented her [in Rachel Getting Married].”

They also said: “Every so often, a film comes along which bets the house on its high concept, but crucially finds both wit and pathos in it, and puts a star up front whose predicament is comic gold.”

Empire also awarded four stars, praising its “cool, smart filmmaking, with plot developments that will be talked about for a long time to come”.

The Guardian were much less enthusiastic, giving only two stars out of five.

“Colossal remains something of a fascinating misfire and quite easily the hardest film to market this year,” they reasoned. 

“It’s a tantalising missed opportunity because if you’re going to make a film about a woman with a psychic connection to a giant city-crushing monster, it should definitely be weirder than this.”

Evening Standard, however, planted themselves in the four-star camp.

“Clearly it was made on a tight budget ($ 15 million, to be exact) but it’s not a problem,” they said. 

“At first we mostly see the monsters on TVs, iPads, newspapers and mobile phones. By the time we get ‘up close’, we’re so emotionally connected to these big lugs that the rudimentary CGI can’t help but seem epic.”

Colossal is out now.

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