This past weekend, I saw the new Godzilla movie. It wasn’t terrible (nowhere near as bad as Elysium!) but I found myself thinking about it afterward. The thing that stuck out to me is that it’s a good idea for a movie but, story-wise, executed very poorly. (The visuals and so on are excellent, of course.) So, here is a collection of my somewhat uncoordinated thoughts. There will be spoilers, obviously.
If you don’t care about weird logic problems, skip down to the Story section.
REVIEW SYNOPSIS: Occasionally impressive special effects, standout and often suspenseful sequences, and outstanding imaginings of the classic kaiju don’t manage to save Gareth Edwards from a big budget sophomore slump.
SYNOPSIS: Decades after an atomic blast creates a monster, two ancient creatures threaten civilization, with only a giant being to stop them.
PROS: Impressive sequences of destruction, especially on the island of Oahu and in San Francisco; several suspenseful sequences…
CONS: …that seem heavily borrowed from Steven Spielberg; sluggish screenplay that never finds proper pacing; lack of any emotional center; routine and ultimately generic directorial entry from Gareth Edwards.
The Godzilla reboot is almost here — it arrives in May 2014 — and a new theatrical trailer has just dropped.
It looks OK. Nothing is jumping out at me and screaming “Gotta see this!” Even so, I love what modern special effects can do with city-wide destruction.
So there’s another Godzilla film on the horizon. Here’s the pitch:
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
I suppose this does look epic, if by “epic” they mean “big budget”. The good news is that Matthew Broderick is nowhere in sight.
I look back on my childhood viewings of the Godzilla movies with mixed emotions. I always used to look forward to these films because, well, to my young eyes they were cool. “Monsters! How could it be any better?”
Apparently the producers thought the answer to my questions was simple: a robotic Godzilla. And look! It even had a friendly Godzilla, who teams up with humans to protect the planet from their common foe: aliens.