A new big budget, big screen version of the infamous creature Godzilla hits screens this weekend. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Every few years since 1954, another filmmaker and studio take a stab at bringing the giant fire breathing monster Godzilla back to the big screen. Now, once again, we're given another big budget remake.
If you're a fan of the big creature and want to see him stomp around wreaking havoc and destruction, I'm afraid you're going to have to wait a long time, because Godzilla doesn't really show up until half way through the movie. And it's only in the last 20 minutes that the real battle begins.
Getting to that part seems endless. What we're saddled with, beforehand, is a boring story, featuring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as a stereotypical, obsessed nuclear scientist who's convinced the government is hiding something. He's trying to get to the bottom of what caused an underground earthquake years earlier that killed his wife.
Aaron Taylor Johnson plays Cranston's son, a military man, who leads the good fight to stop the giant reptile, as well as two dragon like creatures. Ken Wantanabe, Sally Hawkins and Elizabeth Olsen are also on hand. And like everybody in this film, they're relegated to playing one note characters who spew forth a lot of indecipherable techno babble.
Nobody will care about any of the plot, the stupid dialogue, or the fate of any of these people. Not even Cranston, with his superb acting talents, can stop the tedium of what's happening on screen.
When Godzilla finally does appear it's too little, too late. Director Gareth Edwards has Godzilla and the other two monsters cause a lot of chaos and blow through a bunch a buildings and bridges, but the action is shot too darkly, which is made even worse by the 3D glasses. The 3D itself is very weak here, and the CGI and special effects are unimpressive, as we've basically seen this sort of thing done to much better effect in dozens of other disaster movies.
Who would of thought it, but this movie is even worse than the abysmal 1998 Matthew Broderick "Godzilla." This new "Godzilla" is two hours of agony and a monstrous thing to have to sit through.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 1/2 Wormy Apple