BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Godzilla Reviews
By Dr. Know on May 16th, 2014
Critic Reviews for Godzilla
It’s a smooth, sleek, technologically awe-inspiring 3-D blockbuster with a top-shelf cast (speaking middle-to-lower-shelf dialogue most of the time, to be sure, but they do it with style).
Godzilla – both the movie and the big guy – is … something of a lumpy, lumbering great beast of a thing, lurching from city to city, continent to continent, smackdown to smackdown and plot point to plot point …
Edwards’ expertise in the visual effects field manifests itself in the seamlessness of the computer-generated imagery, if not in its extraordinariness.
It’s a bracing tonic for the bored palate of the mainstream moviegoer, and one of the most intriguing big-budget breakthrough films since Steven Spielberg made “Jaws.”
If you’re into superlatives – and who isn’t? – Godzilla conjures the most jaw-dropping giant monster sequences since the original King Kong.
Ironically this big, lumbering movie could have used more, not less. More Godzilla without question, and more emotional content for its very good cast too.
Equal parts ingenious, muddled, exciting and predictable, Godzilla ultimately seems at war with itself, wanting to deliver thematic substance and artistic wit but beholden to big budget expectations.
The director’s occasional artsy flourishes in Godzilla turn an orgiastic display of mass destruction into wily-smart entertainment.
Ambitious and reverent reboot may not manage to satisfy either purists or modern moviegoing audiences.
This monster may not reflect terror and grief over nuclear war, but he sure is fun to watch. And you can bring the kids!
Gareth Edward’s “Godzilla” remake is the best creature-feature since Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”, once again returning awe and wonder to the summer blockbuster season.
Like its monstrous hero, it moves pretty slow, but when it finally gets where it’s going… look out.
If audiences endorse this reboot of the Godzilla tale, we may see a franchise. But if this is a one-off, it is a worthy one, Godzilla has been given his due.
There are familiar themes floating around in the epic wreckage. Mainly, though, there are monsters. And they’re pretty great.
A lumbering, self-serious, resoundingly dull stew of cliches, clumsy exposition and seen-‘em-before visual effects.
Key components missing: a point, a sense of awe, serviceable acting, and fun.
When not crowding the screen with roaring destructosaurs Edwards allows the pace to slow to a meander, so that you can sit back and enjoy the thrill ride before the next sudden dip and weave.
Not just a solidly enjoyable and exciting flick – with not one second of sag – it’s also a strikingly beautiful piece of work.
I found the film strangely unthrilling – although rarely less than very, very loud.