Saturday, May 17, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

Rated: PG-13 - Runtime: 123 min
tesg's Rating: Two stars (out of four)

Most people probably think of Godzilla in the tone of the campy color Japanese films where Godzilla saves humanity from really ridiculous monsters.  True film buffs will direct you to the original 1954 Japanese film, a darker tone classic monster movie where Godzilla is introduced as an enemy they're trying to kill while a political debate goes on about learning from the circumstances that led to Godzilla's creation.

This new feature is trying to be both without the camp factor.  The result is a mess.  The feature has a dark tone.  There's too much human drama...Godzilla doesn't even show up until about halfway in.  The monsters just look out of place amidst the modern high-tech special effects.  The monster battles are seemingly always abbreviated.  Heck, some of the human scenes seem abbreviated.  Key points that should be documented within the movie aren't...we're just supposed to assume they happened.

It's certainly better than Roland Emmerich's horrible 1998 effort, but hey...what isn't.