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Movie Review: Godzilla (2014)

Plot synopsis: The world’s most famous monster is pitted
against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity’s
scientific arrogance, threaten human existence.
 Warner Brothers
Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem,
and creature violence)
Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
It works really hard to capture the awe and the essence of the original 1954 classic work. Grading on a curve, it might have succeeded on that level. But for all of its pride and effort, it still fails to intrigue or entertain. And really, not enough happens to keep us caring for much of what transpires.

The narrative has nearly enough cohesion to work, but to no avail. The CGI, however, is magnificent (probably the only thing in this film that is).

What then can be said of the new Godzilla? It feels longer than it is, the acting is tepid, the escalation of events doesn’t grab us, and besides that, it’s a friggin’ monster movie without a future in today’s sci-fi collective consciousness since it lacks the reworking to give it new life.

I’d rather be watching Godzilla vs. Megalon on MST3K than this.


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