Sunday, May 18, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

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.

Mo says:

9 comments:

  1. I was hoping this would be a brilliant movie but your negative review and a so-so review from one of my Godzilla loving friends has dissuaded me from seeing this in the cinema. I will catch it some time, maybe on TV.

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    1. I don't know if this would help, but if there's only one reason to watch this Godzilla, it's to watch the imagery in a theater. At least I'm glad your Godzilla expert didn't approve either.

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  2. I watched Godzilla_ Final Wars a few nights back and dearly wished I could have seen it on the big screen.

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    1. Thanks; I'll be on the lookout for it.

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  3. What's the deal with the 73% Tomatometer rating?

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    1. I need no more proof: the Tomatometer is no good for sci-fi or fantasy movies (and maybe that's for the better cause, since these are usually great spectacles you need to experience on your own on a big screen). One reason the critics liked this Godzilla, was because it follows a Jaws-like minimalist style of showing the monster at a minimum. Hello?!!! We've been seeing Godzilla for 60 years! We know what it looks like!

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  4. I saw it last night and totally agree with your review and comments. What the Japanese recognize is that Godzilla is the star! I far prefer everything in the Japanese movies, OK they are just guys in monster suits fighting but they look great and the action rarely lets up. I really hope they don't bother with a sequel.

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    1. You may want to check out the director's debut feature (which grabbed Hollywood's attention), called "Monsters". The non-functioning formula that he used for "Godzilla" works very nicely there.

      http://mohsen48.blogspot.com/2014/06/monsters-2010.html

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  5. You are right, Monsters is a far superior movie. I cared about the main characters! Once Juliette Binoche and Bryan Cranston were taken out of Godzilla no one else could come close to them although with such an awful script I doubt many actors could have made a silk purse out of that sows ear!

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