So for quite a while now, the Hollywood blockbuster has seen some shaky ground as far as quality film is concerned. You’ve had garbage pile up ruthlessly onto the big screen (ie. Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, 2012, Transformers, etc.) and of course, you’ve had some mildly decent successes, mostly thankful to a few comic book movie adaptations (Dark Knight trilogy, Avengers, Man of Steel, etc.). Sadly, one movie that all us nerds who wear our geekness on our sleeves has met a not-so-pretty fate of turning out to be a gruesomely horrendous and forgettable movie: 2014’s Godzilla.
The movie starts off promising with the help of actor Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle) and a setup to what could’ve turned out to be a good film. The serious and apocalyptic undertones of the monstrous catastrophes pending were in motion from the beginning, sucking the viewer who’d been waiting for a serious Godzilla flick all the way in. Sadly, almost immediately, the movie had lost almost all hope with inconsistency after inconsistency as far as details go (the what appeared to be an iPhone in the scene that took place in 1999, wtf? Things like that). The poor acting that comes with a lot of cheesy close-ups of certain actors after them saying something “deep” or “alarming”. Finally, Godzilla’s view as somewhat of a “hero” to a city he’s helping to utterly DESTROY as he’s fighting two other monsters that came on the screen before he was awakened. I’m sorry, but I fail to see the logic in that. However, we do live in an Orwellian nightmare where “War is peace” and we find salvation through death and destruction. So it seems our rooting for the jolly green giant in this tripe would only come natural to the American movie goer.
In conclusion, this movie sucks. Unless you like popcorn movies with the Pacific Rim spirit, go nuts. And enjoy 🙂