There are a lot of great things about being a film critic, but one of the best is finding wonderful indies that didn’t play in many theaters (if they were in theaters at all) that I probably wouldn’t have heard about otherwise. I intend to share some of my favorites with you as they come to the Box in a series of posts we’ll call “Hidden Gems.”

Colossal is the perfect movie to kick off this series, because it is unlike anything you’ve seen before. It takes the concept of a “Godzilla movie” and turns it on its head.

Anne Hathaway stars as Gloria, who’s a loser, plain and simple. She drinks too much, gets in trouble at work, hangs out with an equally aimless crowd and her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) just dumped her.

Gloria decides to move back home and regroup. Shortly after she arrives, she runs into her old friend Oscar (Jason Sudeikis). Oscar takes pity on her and offers up a waitressing job at his bar. Probably not the best option for someone who’s trying to clean up her act . . . but Gloria is desperate.

And then things get weird. Really weird.

Gloria turns on the news one day to find that a towering monster has been terrorizing the city of Seoul in South Korea. It’s knocking over skyscrapers and stomping on people, and it keeps materializing out of thin air – attacking for seemingly no reason. But something about the beast seems familiar to Gloria, and with each horrifying news report she starts figuring out that she may somehow be connected to the monster. Which means she might be able to stop it.

But of course, nothing is ever easy when you’re dealing with Godzilla-like baddies. I won’t spoil anything else that happens, but I will say that both Hathaway and Sudeikis are amazing in their roles, which very much play against the type of characters they’re each known for.

So if you’re up for a movie that will make you laugh, cringe, cheer and think, check out Colossal. I guarantee that it will keep surprising you and you’ll be thinking about it for days!

By: Redbox Writer, Erika Olson