Sunday, May 18, 2014
Cindy Prascik's Review of Godzilla
Dearest Blog, yesterday I headed to the cinema to see Godzilla with the rest of the known universe.
Spoiler level here will be mild, pretty much nothing you wouldn't know or have guessed from the trailers.
The fate of the world hangs in the balance when giant monsters do battle.
Well, dear Blog, I gotta say this is the first time I ever wished I had a video blog so I could make the video and audio out of sync for this review. My version of an homage. Sorry, best I got.
Godzilla's latest screen outing has a bit of a split personality. The titular monster does not make his first real appearance until almost exactly halfway through (I checked the clock) and the first and second acts are like night and day.
Act one is our setup, and it's a little slow and "peopley" for my taste. The cast boasts some noteworthy names: Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, and David Strathairn. Whatta we got, an Oscar and a handful of nominations there? For all that acting juice, nobody is really worth a mention either way, other than to say, if you were thinking of seeing this movie just because you love Juliette Binoche...um...maybe don't, m-kay?
Act two: MONSTERS. Woot! I can't speak for anybody else, but I sure as hell didn't see Godzilla because I thought Bryan Cranston might be looking for an Oscar to go with his Emmy. I saw it because I like monsters...big, scary ones that look like they're coming off the screen at me. And let me tell ya somethin', people: if I'd seen this in 3D, I might have wet myself. The monsters are phenomenal, absolutely everything for which I'd hoped, imposing with just the right touch of silliness here and there. The disaster effects are great too, authentic looking and presented in such a way that the mass destruction never wears thin. (Are you paying attention, Man of Steel?) Though the first hour does feel a bit long, once the action gets rolling, you won't care...or even remember.
Godzilla clocks in at 123 minutes and is rated PG13 for "intense sequences of destruction, mayhem, and creature violence."
If Godzilla's first act feels a little sluggish, I'm pretty sure I was grinning from ear to ear for the entire second hour. Of a possible nine Weasleys, Godzilla gets seven.
Until next time...