Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gareth Edwards’s second film as a director sees him once again dealing with ‘monsters’ but this time he dares to tread where many more experienced directors have failed and take on the might of Godzilla.  And you know what?  For the most part he pulls it off.  What Edwards does best is to strike the right balance between the ample destruction and the people.  Where as Zack Snider’s destruction porn is all about falling building, Edwards makes it about the characters.  Where as Michael Bay reveals in explosions, Edwards reveals in human drama.  This doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have it’s wham! Bam! moments – it does and in spades – but they mean something. So the story isn’t perfect and the film uses the ‘hint’ reveal a few too many times, but Godzilla does so much right that you can forgive it a few small issues.

Best Bit: Monster Smack down.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Pacific Rim, Jurassic Park, Monster

Author: Phil Hobden

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The Review: This unnecessary remake stars Josh Brolin as a man locked away for twenty years with seemingly no reason, before being released and hooking up with a nurse to find out why the perpetrators imprisoned him.

If you’ve seen the original, then you know the rest – and you know this remake. The only practically new thing Spike Lee does here is offer us the opportunity to see what Derren Brown would look like playing an ultra rich, ultra eccentric bad guy. This role is played by District 9’s Sharlto Copley – and it simultaneously makes and ruins the film. He’s so over the top, and yet somehow he’s exactly the like the film; overproduced, oversaturated and over-everything. No need to remake the 2004 original which is far superior, although this does have its moments. It never really lets up, and Brolin is actually pretty good. Somehow, though, in the English language it loses something.

Nevertheless, as a fan of trash cinema, this just about passes muster – and is certainly passably entertaining. Elizabeth Olsen is certainly a talented performer. The moment you ask it to hold itself up to the original, it fails.

And that’s twice, now, when Samuel L. Jackson has been a part of a movie as needless as it surely sounds.

Reviewed By: Andrew Mackay

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