Friday, May 16, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

I have been looking forward to this film for a very long time.  Some disclaimer, I am a little bit of a Godzilla fan, and even was tempted to road trip to BC to the filming there.

Now as a film itself, Godzilla isn't too bad.  It's fairly predictable in some areas, there are some plot
holes, not a lot of character work.  But the gem of the movie is what it contributes as a Godzilla movie. In terms of Godzilla movies, this is a strong movie, with classic elements from the original movie and continuing through the monster movies than fans love.  Yes, there is a take over with the American narrative and adaptation, but I feel it still remains true to both these elements.  

My only critique is that I really wish that there could have been more monsters fighting on screen.  Yes, we get to see the cities destroyed, and the human impact of the monsters.   But come on, you and I both know that half the reason we go is to see Godzilla fight other monsters, and that was a short fight, in my opinion.

So, for fellow Godzilla fans, I would totally recommend this movie. For other moviegoers, it is a decent movie, very interesting for those new to the Godzilla genre, and quite a treat to see. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Amazing Spider-Man 2

I just saw the sequel to the Amazing Spider-Man, and I have to say, I am giddy with joy.  It truly was a joy to watch.  It has a different tone to it than the first movie.  While the first movie was more about origin, about self-discovery, and taking responsibility, this one is more about consequences, about learning the truth, and about growing up.  It is, in a way, a graduation.

The characters are well written, the plot a smooth continuation from the first movie.  I need to point out that some of the romance feels a little shaky in moments, but still feels very true to the characters and the story.

Overall, yes, there are some things that are seen in the trailers that aren't in the theatrical cut, but what I love is that the trailer doesn't have all the highlights of the movie.  The trailer only shows a few of the highlights, and with over 2 hours of movie, there is plenty of edge of the seat delight to be seen.  I highly recommend it.