'Godzilla' is a disappointing monster movie

'Godzilla': It turns out all the best parts of the film were in the trailers. 'Godzilla' stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

By , Film critic

  • close
    'Godzilla' is directed by Gareth Edwards.
    View Caption

I must say that, despite my better instincts, I was looking forward to “Godzilla” because it had such a bang-up trailer. But beware falling into the Trailer Trap. Sometimes, oftentimes, trailers showcase only the good stuff. The actual movie is a pale substitute. 

Such is the case here. It’s a tad better than the 1998 “Godzilla,” perhaps, but that’s not saying much. A lot of name actors, including Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and a particularly uncomfortable-looking David Strathairn, turn up. Who, if any, will end up as dino-fodder?

Director Gareth Edwards and his screenwriter Max Borenstein have made the humorless, boneheaded decision to make Godzilla a good guy. The bad guys, actually a guy and a girl, are a pair of MUTOs – “Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms” – that have been roused from their slumber, or whatever, by Filipino miners. San Francisco and Honolulu are among the places that get stomped. Godzilla faces off against the MUTOs, who resemble gigantic Jaguar hood ornaments, and is proclaimed by the grateful public as the “King of the Monsters.” You didn’t think Warner Bros. was going to kill off its new franchise right away, did you? Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence.)

Share this story:
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...