Monday, June 2, 2014

Godzilla (2014)

Over the weekend, when I was not at the Pennsylvania Literary Festival or the softball field, I found time to squeeze the drive-in into the plans. I love the drive-in, especially when I can check out some type of horror or Sci-Fi flick to make it worthwhile. This was just the weekend, as I was able to check out the new X-Men flick, along with the new incarnation of Godzilla.

Plot/ The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

It is hard to believe that Godzilla has been on the screen on and off for 60 years. During that time, it has been an entertaining and interesting journey. Unfortunately, I believe many have forgot the original movie and are living on the cheese fests of 1970s. If those schlock filled Sci-Fi comedies are what you are searching for, stay away from this version. This interpretation goes back to the original formula, and presents Godzilla in a modern light. This CGI driven film is much better than Pacific Rim, and is an entertaining two hours. Yes, some of the scripting is a touch cliché and many characters are flat, but those minor flaws are easily overlooked within a dark and atmospheric monster movie. More importantly, this film should erase the 1999 entry from the mind of Godzilla fans everywhere. In the end, this is a creature feature that embraced its own storied history and built upon it. Is this a perfect movie? No, but it is an entertaining monster movie that should be seen.

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