Ok. I am going to talk about this here, and you know what it will probably come up more than once... ok it will probably come up often. Why? Because when something upsets me (as you loyal bionics are of course aware) I rant. It's therapeutic.
Society is whelmed. That's right. Not over, not under, just whelmed. And why, because we are freaking spoiled. I saw this film on sunday of the opening weekend. By then I had gotten about 6 reviews from friends that more or less went like this: Well, it was okay. I mean Godzilla was cool. and I don't know the story was kinda whatever.
I want to make this clear. I am a film fan. I am not a film critic. Fan first. Period. When I go in to a film based on a series of films that involved a man in a rubber suit stomping on model cities... what am I expecting? Oscars? I mean this is a 200 million dollar film about a 186,000 ton dino that trashes cities and throws down with uglies... what in the sweet hell does plot or acting have to do with this? Has anyone watched the other godzillas... Aliens, giant robots, singing twins that call forth a super sized moth... I mean come on... Whelmed. Peeps are just whelmed. Except me. I loved this flick.
Your plot (i debated even putting this in): Years ago a "Thing/creature" destroyed a nuclear power plant that led to the death of Joe's (Bryan Cranston) wife. This led to a few things 1. Joe being obsessed with what actually happen in the wake of the government coverup, and 2. The relationship with his son becoming estranged. Now decades later the truth comes out and he and his son become tangled up with monsters and city wide destruction. Oh and then Godzilla shows up.
|Catching snowflakes on the tongue. Or about to eat a plane?|
Ok. The other creatures in this film, kinda resemble the creature from Cloverfield... I have no issues with that, annnnnnnd if it was intentional it's kinda a cool homage. I have to say I absolutely loved the back story in this film about nuclear testing during the 50s actually being attempts to slay Godzilla... I mean that is gold. Then factor in the fact that we are back to the Godzilla as a force of nature and I was loving it.
Yes they make you wait to see Godzilla. Seriously... does that surprise anyone? Yes the characters out side of maybe one are so two dimensional that are practically part of the scenery... does that surprise anyone? hahaha it shouldn't. I thought the blot did a great job of setting up the eventual throw down... the reason why I bought my ticket. I kinda look at this like a classic kung fu flick .... serious.... stay with me here. All the weird and sometimes crazy plot leading to an insanely awesome fight that leads to you buying the film, chomping popcorn and watching with friends.
Yup. That is Godzilla.
I mean he looks great. And the King of Monsters has never been able to throw down like this before. The tail whip.... oh the tail whip... so awesome.
I had fun, giant smiling fun. I mean if your friends want to complain about the story, and acting, let them... because you will know they suffer from a wicked case of the Whelmed.
Also I quick note about the tech side of things. Gareth Edwards, this being only his second feature film (and the first with any kind of budget) rocks this flick. The shots are wide, and beautiful, and capture the action rather fantastically. But there are some subtle touches in here that are just classic shout outs to sic fi... Like the scene with Joe and his wife... where you can tell he is loving having the money to make the film he wanted. His fun equals your fun.
I refuse to pick apart anything more concerning acting and plot. There is just no point. Thats like going to a James bond movie and asking why everyone woman sleeps with him in roughly 7 1/2 minutes.
Let your inner kid out!
movie scale 3 out 5 stars
Sci fi scale 4 out of 5 stars
A blast... the last 30 minutes are just awesome. Pure. Unadulterated awesome.
Boonsweet is out to dig out his old Godzilla toys and set up a couch side show down... No... noooo... thats too much effort. I'll just watch an episode or two of the old cartoon :)