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« on: September 18, 2014, 10:36:57 AM »

I finally caught Godzilla 2014 on DVD last night. I can't really call G14 a "bad" movie, although it's not really that "good". The first part of the film starts out OK being reminiscent of the latter Japanese Godzilla films. Then the fun stops and the tedium sets in. Cranston's wife begs him to lock her and her crew inside the atomic hallway, then shows up moments later to rub it in his face when he does it.
Can you smell radiation? Does radiation really look like a smokey back-lit cloud?
The MUTO's looked like something hastily doodled on a napkin and resembling the awkward Cloverfield monster. Then, they kill off their star 30 minutes into the movie. Then we're left with Ken Watenabe (sp?) who seemed to be on quaaludes most of the time. He had so little dialog that I assumed they were paying him by the word.
The default "hero", Cranston's son "Ford" (who names their kid that? Some weird sort of product placement?) wanders around, getting into all kinds of improbable situations and accomplishes basically nothing. No one questions why this active duty soldier is not with his unit.
The monster battles were a major disappointment, being mostly very short clips and so shrouded in smoke that I could barely make out what was happening. Godzilla's fight with the flying Muto looked like he was swatting at a demented turkey.
The literal darkness of the movie was a major annoyance. The original 1954 Godzilla also took place mostly at night but you could still see what was happening. The scene with the train on the bridge was so dark you couldn't make out what the heck was going on.
The Mutos had no special powers other than a lame EMP discharge and were quite weak as far as Godzilla adversaries go. Even Mothra was more of a challenge than these guys.
The filmmakers saved Godzilla's atomic breath but ditched his iconic roar for some generic grumbles.
Why was everyone cheering when Godzilla revives at the end and shuffles off on his stumpy little hooves? After all, he just killed thousands of people, including a bunch of kids in school busses on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Why did all the power come back on once the Muto's were dead?
Just about everything you expect from a Godzilla movie was missing from this lame flick. Even the music was boring, generic, monster movie fare.
Another creepy detail - all the young kids in this movie seemed to be autistic.
Still better than the Emmerich Godzilla, though.

I had bought the dvd/Blu-ray combo. All of the extras are on the Blu-ray disc, none on the dvd. The plain dvd package seems to contain only a few of the extras.
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2014, 05:12:55 PM »

Well, having read the novel, I can see some details, plot wise that might be a problem. Ford is a Navy Lt. and get's tagged due to the confusion and desperation cause by the situation, so that I could live with.

BUT- that EMP seems there to avoid having the military give the MUTOs a beating. Even in the book, it seemed Godzilla had the strength to stand up to a typical Army throw down; the MUTOs not as much. They took out an Army ground force, but if the Marines/Navy/Air Force planes had been in on it, Godzilla would have had an easier time of it.
Oh...and you never got to see the actual army/monster fight in detail, right?

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