Saturday, May 17, 2014

Godzilla



Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 16th May, 2014
Time : 123 minutes
Director : Gareth Edwards; Writers : Dave Callaham; Music : Alexandre Desplat
Starring : Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn




Alternate, more apt titles I can think of would be…

Godzilla vs MUTOs

Andheri raat mein… kuch kuch hota hai…

The Alpha Predator

The Saviour

Nuclear Trigger-Happy Humans


It all happens in the dark. You identify with none of the human characters, who all come across either boring, wooden or psychotic. There is shock & awe level of destruction in several cities around the Pacific. And there isn’t just one giant creature…but you feel for none of them either…


Since 1954 humans have been seeking to destroy or study a giant creature known as Gojiro…a relic from the pre-dinosaur, radioactive era, who was awakened thanks to our fondness for things nuclear. Now Gojiro, who’s purpose according to legend is to be the balancing force of nature, has given rise to some parasitic creatures, the MUTO’s…and must battle them and the humans who come at it with everything they’ve got…



I realized midway through my first yawn, early into the film, that the sight of giant creatures rampaging through modern cities, replete with skyscrapers, towers etc, doesn’t really work for me anymore. There has to be a story. Some genuine human interest angle. Something bigger at stake. This movie offers precious little apart from special effects. And more than one giant creature in more than one giant city…Tokyo, Honolulu, San Francisco…


Aaron, in particular, looks disinterested as the reluctant hero, trying to get to his wife and kid. Bryan, his father, probably is the only one who really seems to be passionate but borders on the cuckoo, full of conspiracy theories. Ken Watanabe also, despite being a specialist, does very little apart from fly all over the place and get a ringside seat of the havoc being wrecked around him.


If the thought of buildings half-destroyed or giant lizards rampaging through oceans and land does something for you, would suggest you go take a look. There is very little to recommend otherwise.

11 comments:

Rohit said...

stop reviewing English movies, that's all I am gonna say

Apurv Nagpal said...

So you liked this one?? And didn't like Spiderman 2 ?

Anonymous said...

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Rohit said...

Harry becomes goblin in the last few minutes of the movie, 5 minutes later he is flying the glider like a champ. Electrode was the worst part of that movie, looked like jim Carrey's Riddler. The best part about that movie was the chemistry between Peter and Stacey and they killed her and but it was supposed to be the action, which was goofy.

Rohit said...

At least this movie was consistent, they wanted to show Godzilla beat the crap out of other monsters and they did that. About the characters, Aaron Taylor was a soldier troubled by his past, with the help of Bryan Cranston they wanted us to hate the other monster without even showing it, it worked for me. I will say this movie was a million times better than the last Godzilla on the other hand this Spiderman sucks, the best Spiderman movie was Sam Raimi's 2nd Spiderman, if you don't trust me check Rotten tomatoes

Apurv Nagpal said...

I couldnt connect with any of the human angle stories partly because of the flimsiness of the stories and partly because of the wooden unidimensional acting. For me, Andrew Garfield's spunkiness, wit made Spiderman much more palatable - to your point on Goblins mastery of the hoverboard - are we really going to debate logic in any of the Spiderman films ? I mean every accident in the franchise seems to result in either a superhero or a supervillain ? There was a lower quotient of action in this latest edition, despite the three villains but overall, its nicely set up with a strong emotional core

Apurv Nagpal said...

Godzilla, Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2 and Spiderman 1 & 2 all have very similar ratings on imdb btw but obviously I disagree with them...I found Godzilla really boring...and the last Godzilla was caricaturish (I mean a Godzilla who likes fish ? Matthew Broderick ?)

Rohit said...

That's the problem it was just a setup for the next one, Rhino was a joke, Andrew as Spiderman was great but as Peter parker bored me.
FYI imdb is not a review website, check rotten tomatoes
See with every movie there are expectations, I have loved Spiderman since I was a kid, so this movie was a major disappointment for me on the other hand when I went to Godzilla I knew what its going to be like, its a monster movie but its with a heart, I am not saying it deserves 8 out of 10.
In Spiderman man there was no consistency, it tried to attract kids and teenagers at the same time and it was a mess.

Apurv Nagpal said...

I know rotten tomatoes - but with reviewers, I find I have to connect with the persons thought process, still havent done that with anyone post Roger Ebert (havent looked seriously either)
BTW - am watching Spiderman 2 right now on TV...its terrible ! So schmaltzy, kitschy, senti...and Tobey just doesnt do it for me as either Spidey or Peter...

Rohit said...

should have seen this coming anyway check this http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/spider-man-2-2004

Rohit said...

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni57212648?mode=desktop