‘Godzilla’ Movie Review: Disaster Flick A Total Disaster In All Ways
Director Gareth Edwards Godzilla reboot is beyond atrocious. The film has no continuity, no reason for existing and is no fun. Why would anyone want to pay to see this film? Godzilla, theoretically anyway, exists for filmgoers to experience spectacle and have a good time, even if it is to mock a movie with a tongue in cheek experience. But alas, nothing like that is to be had here. Godzilla is simply a disaster.
Since presumably you know the basic premise, I won’t go into details. Godzilla is born of some sort of electromagnetic waves prviding power to a mythical creature, or something like that, I think. Nobody cares. The reason you come to see a film like this is to essentially see Godzilla wreck shop. The beast should wreak havoc on buildings, nature, humans, etc. But if you are looking for this to happen, and I am sure you are, it will be a long painful wait during the movie. The big guy doesn’t remotely rear his head until at least half the movie is over. And that buildup to that point is beyond the pain you would experience at most movies.
The idea of Godzilla is talked about. There are supposed explanations for how he could exists while another monster forms. There are preparations for how America and its military will deal with him. There is the usual human element of a father separated from his family and also his father, blah, blah, blah. Its all pointless because there is no fun! Eventually the monster shows up in a glimpse and he is imposing in size, but comical and fake to look at. Even worse is his opposition, who may or may not be Mothra. That thing looks beyond fake and its hard to imagine spending a reported $160million making this movie without making the monster look particularly real or menacing. He roars 3-4 times, but its a cross between amusing and scary and is a total head scratcher. Again, remarkably worthless.
The growing disconnect between my viewing habits and desires versus those with the public at large and even critics has never seemed so large as it does here. How Godzilla 2014 has earned $175 domestic and counting, not to mention 73% and 72% from critics and audience scores on RT is baffling. This is drivel, tripe, a waste of time, money and energy and any other bashing you can throw at it. Trust me, I can thrash this Hollywood ideology and Godzilla movie much more than the big dude thrashes buildings in the movie. Since he’s in it all of 15 minutes or so tops on screen, maybe he can earn the Dame Judy Dench Oscar. I have no idea and I really don’t care. You shouldn’t either. This will easily be the worst movie I’ll see this year and it ranks as one of the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s that bad.