She reunites with Oscar (Jason Sudeikis), an elementary-school pal who offers the jobless woman - Gloria was let go from her online magazine gig for a never-disclosed misjudged play on words - a few shifts at his bar. While Gloria is stumbling home drunk in the wee hours of the morning, an equally intoxicated kaiju is stomping around Seoul, South Korea. It did mine, for a while, until it didn't.
The film stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, a party girl marooned in her hometown following a break-up.
"He takes a split-second pause and goes, 'Your character's a drunk, you're bloated, it's flawless!" she said about his reaction. "I understand in the context why it should be brought up".
The 34-year-old actress - who won an Oscar for her role in Les Misérables the same year some media outlets seemed to turn against her - reflected to Jezebel: "That [negative articles] would catch me off-guard". If you are looking for a film that will be as fun as it will be depressing, get out to see Colossal as soon as you can.
The sheer hutzpah it took to mount this is what impressed me most about the picture. One night, Gloria is horrified to discover that her every move at a local playground is being mimicked on a catastrophic scale by the rampaging beast.
She continues, "How the world feels about me has nothing to do with me".
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But even when Colossal trips over its aspirations, what holds the film together is the director's enthusiastic certainty that he knows what he's doing.
"I'm such a tomboy at heart, so any time it's an action or fight scene, I always want to do it as fast as the boys and I couldn't this time because I had a little person in my tummy". However, there isn't a whiff of the insecurity, sadism or controlling behavior in Oscar's nice-guy persona that's needed to justify his sudden character change - upon which he becomes remarkably cruel.
"Oh, I thought the teepee would put the pee-pee back on the baby", DeGeneres says with a laugh.
It also doesn't hurt that this giant monster movie also contains some very personal, very realistic issues: domestic abuse, alcoholism, failure, regret, and more.
We've all been there at some point in our lives: nearly hitting rock bottom with no end in sight. There won't be another movie like Colossal (opening April 7) this year, and even when it doesn't entirely work, its sheer unpredictability makes it worth a watch.
When Anne Hathaway stood up before the United Nations to talk about parental leave, we were totally impressed.