Saturday, June 21, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

Director: Gareth Edwards

Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, CJ Adams, Elizabeth Olsen, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Richard T. Jones, Victor rasuk

More info: IMDb

Tagline: A king's arrival is never silent

Plot: The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.


I was looking forward to this.  It's not as bad as the 1998 film but it's got some major problems.  I'm going to start by saying I know that just about all of my beefs with this film can be countered with, "but it's about a giant monster that fights other giant monsters".  That negates an awful lot.  I would have preferred an old style man in suit stomping on models than this.  The first half until Joe (Cranston) dies is pretty good.  After that I didn't care much about his son Ford's (Taylor-Johnson) mission or his family. Ford survives nearly impossible situations at every turn, the Admiral (Strathairn) was a neutered character, simple physics were ignored frequently, there was too much Elle (Olsen) and on and on.  My biggest bitch is why the hell do we get these giant monster movies and they rarely (or never) give us the goods during daylight?  We don't get to see Godzilla fight or do much of anything unless it's at night and the weather is bad (frequently).  "But you gave it a 6.5" you say?  Yeah, It's a dumb movie that I enjoyed for the most part but I was left unfulfilled.  The best part was Godzilla's finishing move breathing the energy ray down the other creature's throat.  Bad to the fucking ass!  I need to watch Edwards' first film, MONSTERS (2010), as I've heard nothing but good things about since it hit the scene.  But then I heard a lot of good things about this one, too.

1 comment:

  1. In this film, there is too much of threads of people and not enough monsters.

    About scene with monsters, here is too much scene in night. I prefer japanese suit-Godzilla where I can see monsters in the light of the sun.