Godzilla? Gadzooks!

Godzill posterYOU MAY BE ASKING WHY on earth did I go see this?  Well, the previews made it look like the all-out destruction of the planet (but in a fun way).  It has a 73% Tomatometer score.  And I figured I wouldn’t get bored the way I do with superhero movies, because there is no superhero here to remain ever-invincible.  Lastly, I hoped that it would rekindle the spirit of the classic Japanese films of yore.

Well, no such luck.  I’m more with the 27% of critics who said no thanks; A.O. Scott of the Times:

It is at once bloated and efficient, executed with tremendous discipline and intelligence and conceived with not too much of either.

and:

…one of the pleasures the movie offers is the thought that actors who have done splendid work elsewhere — Mr. Cranston and Ms. Binoche, and also Sally Hawkins as another scientist — are being paid well for shouting, grimacing and spouting expository claptrap.

He left out Elizabeth Olsen, who I like very much from last year’s underrated Oldboy and the fabulous indie Martha Marcy May Marlene.  Olsen and Bryan Cranston are 2 of the few positives Godzilla has in its favor.  Richard Corliss, Time:

Godzilla dawdles toward its Doomsday climax; the movie could win a prize for Least Stuff Happening in the First Two-Thirds of an Action Film.

It really makes you scratch your head as to how so many critics recommended it.  Another case in point of why I write this blog.  For me, I felt it was a disjointed Godzilla text blockjumble of a movie with lots of unnecessary lapses in logic, and that it never capitalized on a gold-mine of vintage mojo waiting for it in the original Godzilla movies.  Besides the presence of Cranston and Olsen, I did like one scene late in the film: skydiving set to 2001’s mystical head-trip music.  Note: I saw the standard (non-IMAX) 3D version, which didn’t help this movie at all.  4/10

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