‘Colossal’ is a delightful absurdity.

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Colossal
 tells the story of Gloria, an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home, when reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

This small, independent film isn’t something that you may have heard amongst the blockbuster’s that come out at this time of year, or any time of the year for that matter.

If anything, why this whole thing started about bringing down Anne Hathaway is ridiculous because she’s an absolutely astounding actress that deserves any praise that can be given to her. For someone who started out in Disney with the Princess Diaries, she’s done extremely well to find her place in the world post-Disney and definitely made an impact along with other stars, in whatever ways they may be, such as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Shia LaBeouf, Zac Efron, Raven Symone, and even Hilary Duff. In Colossal, she gives a wonderful performance and really portray’s her character’s strange weirdness. No one else could’ve played that role.

Although it may be a hard and extremely strange film to watch, it’s an extremely grounded film despite the monsters and what seems like a weird concept. But that’s what makes the film so great — it’s a film about overcoming what holds you down and why you, yourself, could be that cause. It’s a film that you’re not prepared to like as much as you do, at least that was the case in my experience.

The thing is, however, this may’ve been a film that was a couple of years too late. If it was made and released around the time of Donnie Darko, The Big Lebowski, and Office Space, you could really see it becoming a cult hit. Nowadays, there’s a lot less acceptance of films like Colossal even though we might need films like it where it blends the bigger budget ideas with smaller indie films and the humanity that comes with it.
Despite it being a little different to what audience’s may be used to, don’t be deterred. It’s well worth the watch in its delightful absurdity.

Film-O-Meter: 5/10.

‘The Intern’ is a relatable film.

The Intern is a film that follows 70-year-old widower, Ben Whittaker, who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as he seizes an opportunity to get back in the game as a senior intern at an online fashion site founded and run by Jules Ostin.

When thinking of on-screen pairings, whether it be romantic or friendly, The Intern provides to be one of the most interesting. As opposite as Jules (Hathaway) and Ben (De Niro) may be, these two individuals learn a lot more from each other then what you may think. And before you can assume anything about the film, De Niro and Hathaway’s character’s don’t fall in love with each other and it’s delivered to be more of a (grand) father//daughter relationship. Hathaway’s character has a family and De Niro finds a romantic interest in Rene Russo’s in-house massage therapist. Although these relationships do take a part in the story, it’s not something that’s entirely focused on as De Niro becomes a confidante, empowering career mothers.

With The Intern, writer//director Nancy Meyers has kept in check with many of her recent films with having strong, opinionated, successful females leading her films against many male-dominated Hollywood films that grace our screens. Although the film may have had it’s stranger moments, it doesn’t hesitate to tackle the idea of the “working mum” who started up and now runs a successful online business.

There are a couple of moments in which you can guess what may happen next, and I know I wasn’t the only one in the cinema who thought it was a little frustrating that (spoiler alert) Jules ended up staying with her husband after she finds out that he has been cheating on her with another mum at her daughters school that’s very critical of Jules’ hard working lifestyle. Jules’s response to her husband’s infidelity isn’t one to fall in love with a co-worker or to divorce him, although this is discussed but she ultimately decides to stay with him. It’s rather she wants to give him a second chance and that their love for each other will be enough to end his affair. The audience in the screening I attended agreed with Ben’s response in thinking that Jules may be a little naïve in thinking this but you can’t deny that it was a definitively gutsy move to put aside hurt feelings to offer forgiveness and choose to remain a family.

It was god to see De Niro tackling something a little more light hearted but I do have to say that I don’t think I’ve seen Hathaway cry so many times in a single film…unless Les Miserablescounts? This film proves that both Hathaway and De Niro are able to balance both a dramatic film as well as something more comedic, with De Niro showing he still has a unique comedic timing that was also showcased in Meet The Parents. It’s really nice to watch De Niro and Hathaway interact on screen with their dynamics heartfelt and genuine.

The Intern is a relatable film, especially if it’s a mother and daughter in attendance, but it shouldn’t be limited to just the female audience as it definitely has something the husbands, the boyfriends, or the male persuasion can enjoy as De Niro’s character proves to be a one that can be connected with.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.