Director: Gareth Edwards. Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn. 123 min. Rated PG-13. USA/Japan. Action/Sci-fi.
After interesting opening credits, we have a story-line that doesn't make sense, riddled with numerous cliches (yes, including the whistling teapot when someone's angry), and we're wondering why Juliette Binoche even bothered to play a role here; or Watanabe, or Olsen, or Hawkins, or Strathairn for that matter. Or why the giant lizard is present for only a few minutes. This was supposed to compensate for Roland Emmerich's 1998 disaster; but the indiscriminate destruction of San Francisco (again!) reminds of another 2013 travesty. Maybe the incredible climactic spectacle would've made this worthy of a So-so. But no ... not even that.
PS: I spotted an Easter Egg in the movie: there's a glass tank in the main character's old house with the name "Mothra" scribbled on it. This franchise is far from over.