Friday, May 16, 2014

Godzilla


For the umpteenth time, Hollywood is once again trying to successfully bring the King of all Monsters to the big screen as a potential franchise.  The last time they tried it was 1998, featuring Matthew Broderick, but it was met with scathing reviews.  But Godzilla dates back to a Japanese film from 1954, and was featured in many, many films since, many of which I watched growing up.  This latest one seems like kind of an homage to the originals, going old school and really taking its time.  In fact, Godzilla doesn't even make an appearance until about an hour in.  And while I respect that, it only works if the human storylines work.  And they don't.  Talent like Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe are wasted on a script unworthy of them.  It isn't until Godzilla shows up, and is only sporadically featured in the movie that bears its name, that this movie has any life!  In 2010 writer/director Gareth Edwards showed he had talent for visual effects and a passion for monster movies in his generically titled film, 'Monsters'.  And if you saw it you'd probably agree that it has so much potential, but lacks in the final product.  And 'Godzilla' has a hell of a lot in common with 'Monsters', including the fact it does not reach its potential.  It's largely dull.  I loved 'Cloverfield' and 'Pacific Rim' a whole heck of a lot better.

Grade: C+

Who is this movie for?  Fanboys will geek out when Godzilla is on screen even though the movie in its entirety isn't fanboy worthy.

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