Anne Hathaway just showed up everyone by making a great, weird monster movie no one saw coming

Hathaway plays a woman who — after struggling with her career, boyfriend, and drinking too much — moves back to her hometown in upstate New York, only to learn that she has a mental link with a kaijū monster terrorizing Seoul.

A high-concept story is, basically, a story with a "what if" scenario that can be pitched in just a few words. It's been a popular genre for decades, usually because it turns a science fiction or fantasy conceit into a story that's easy to understand and imparts some kind of morality, like Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone."

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, some of the best, most thoughtful comedies were high-concept films, including "Big" (a teenager who wishing to be an adult suddenly becomes one) and "Groundhog Day" (a weatherman lives the same day on repeat). They became more ambitious, producing some of the most important movies in Hollywood, like "Jurassic Park" (what if dinosaurs were alive today?) and "Toy Story" (what if toys could talk?).

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Published at April 08, 2017

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