Excerpt: Godzilla 2014 leaves me conflicted because there is enough good to tease me with what the film could have been. So in the end, I feel that despite its numerous shortcomings, “Godzilla 2014” is worth seeing simply for the title character.
Excerpt: Alle prese con una megaproduzione internazionale con set in tutto l’Oceano Pacifico, Edwards si è scelto un cast di attori di primissimo livello, impegnati purtroppo a recitare la sceneggiatura piuttosto prevedibile di Max Borenstein.
Excerpt: Gareth Edwards cambia de liga y sube al primer nivel comercial con una producción que respeta sus bases y presenta un impecable diseño, pero que resulta poco dinámica en buena parte de su desarrollo. Y el reparto es bastante plano.
Excerpt: Shockingly enough, considering its worn-out pedigree, Godzilla doesn’t feel cynical; there’s a sense of joy to the picture, of honest-to-God fun, which separates it from many of its summer movie brethren.
Excerpt: When Godzilla finally makes his appearance on the eastern side of the Pacific he’s like the big bungling uncle you have great affection for, but don’t want to get too close to your china cabinet. He’s a magnificent creation…
Excerpt: This is where Godzilla starts to come unstuck, because Aaron Taylor-Johnson is not a compelling screen presence. You could describe him as “chameleonic”, but only in the sense that he’s so bland that he fades into the background and after a couple of seconds you forget you’re even looking at a person.
Excerpt: All the IMAX and 3D in the world cannot get you to feel the direct experience of living in a world where gigantic creatures walk the Earth alongside you, indiscriminately stomping on folks as they go about their business. But damned if Edwards isn’t going to try and make you feel the way you would.
Excerpt: The latest version of “Godzilla” proves what men worry about one particular adage: size does matter. If nothing else, this is by far the biggest, loudest and most spectacular version of the kitsch pop culture icon. It also stays far closer to the radioactive lizard’s roots than Roland Emmerich’s ill-conceived 1998 take on the property, and deserves some credit for that if nothing else.
Excerpt: Edwards knows how to sharpen his effects to a point for some powerful, climactic moments, as in the finale’s cunningly delayed introduction for his most salient gift, his ability to spit plumes of blue radioactive flame in a manner carefully contrived to reduce every fan to tears of joy.
Excerpt: Elegantly updates the King of All Monsters for the 21st century in ways that have moved with the global zeitgeist. But Hollywood’s tedious myopia means the movie as a whole isn’t quite so beautiful.
Excerpt: Doing a passable job of giving us human characters to grab onto, “Godzilla” does more right with its reptilian namesake and overall spectacle in ways that allow the film to nearly stack up against Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking monsters-run-amok movies. It’s enough to make any movie fan blush.
Excerpt: In comparison to the terrible 1998 reboot, this new reboot of Godzilla would seem like a masterpiece. The truth may lie somewhere between how much of a fan of monster movies or disaster movies that you are.
Excerpt: British director Gareth Edwards makes his Hollywood debut in jaw-dropping style, bringing Godzilla back to the big screen in a grand scale action adventure that is pitched perfectly between obligatory disaster drama and indulgently delightful monster mash.
Excerpt: It’s not exactly a roaring success what with its inconsistent pace and lacking characterization but it provides old school monster action and spectacle on a fittingly massive scale and in the end that’s what really matters most.
Excerpt: Despite a paper thin story that occasionally feels muddled Godzilla nevertheless does engage in eye-popping entertainment that sustains the mythical reputation of the gigantic fire-breathing beast. Godzilla, when properly received, is the ultimate dragon-slayer for the skeptical ages.
Excerpt: The King of the Monsters doesn’t appear until halfway through Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, but that feels just about right in this 2014 franchise reboot that straddles a precarious line between taking the material seriously and catering to series fans by embracing its inherent silliness.
Excerpt: Whether it’s glimpsing the giant marauders through the goggles of a gas mask or via tongue-in-cheek news reports, there is an immediacy and sense of wonder to how Edwards builds to his big reveals. He hasn’t depleted our fascination with his computer-generated creations by the time the monsters go toe to toe and fight claw to claw. His dinosaurs loom large.
Excerpt: The new Godzilla teeters uneasily between campy-ness and utter seriousness. The serious parts are nearly fatal to the movie because they drag real-life weight into a movie that doesn’t need it.