Movie Review – Godzilla

Godzilla

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.

Backstory

10 years ago, Toho, the Japanese movie studio that owns Godzilla, decided to give the franchise a rest, saying that sometime down the road, someone else could have another crack at the big guy. In 2014, the Americans said, “Umm…can we try again?” Of course, the last time the Americans made a Godzilla movie, the 1998 film, it was kind of reviled. Although, I kinda liked it. 16 years later, how would the Americans fare this time?

Plot

Lt. Ford Brody, a bomb disposal expert with the US Navy, finally returns home from his deployment. But, before he can get settled, he gets a call from his father, a nuclear engineer. 15 years ago, there was an accident at his father’s nuclear power plant in Japan, and his mother was killed. His father has then spent the past 15 years searching for the truth. Brody heads to Japan to bail his father out of jail, but soon gets drawn into his father’s investigation. They discover the accident was caused by the awakening of MUTOs — massive unidentified terrestrial organisms — ancient lifeforms that have lived underground since prehistoric times, and now re-awakend by mankind’s experiments with radiation. Two MUTOs have awakened, and are now carving a swath of destruction across the Pacific. But, their activities have attracted a third MUTO…the alpha predator…the one the Japanese called “Gojira.” Can Lt. Brody successfully lead the mission to save the world from the MUTOs…or will they find an unexpected saviour in Godzilla?

What I Liked

GODZILLA! This is the Godzilla we all know and love. I mean, after all these films, Godzilla is a character, and they are true to that character. Every time he’s on screen is fantastic. Godzilla is great. But….

What I Didn’t Like

It’s a frustrating tease! We only get glimpses of Godzilla until about halfway through the film. We needed more Godzilla in our Godzilla movie! And, like most Godzilla films, the humans really don’t get much to do. They’re just filler between the monster scenes.

Final Assessment

This…this is a Godzilla movie. It looks like one, it feels like one, it acts like one, it has the same problems as one. Loved it.

3 Nibs

Episode 7.14: Mark Dreams of Movies

U62: The TargIt’s the start of a new week, that means you need some new stuff to listen to while you do stuff!  Stuff!  That’s why, for you, I’ve got a new episode of U62: The TargOn this week’s episode, Episode 7.14: Mark Dreams of Movies, I ramble about

  • my thoughts on the season finales of Agents of SHIELD and Arrow
  • my opinion on Cineplex Odeon’s plan to start charging $2 extra for the centre rows
  • I just re-watched Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man.  That is a very sad movie.  I tell you why!

All this and more on U62: The Targ!

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Episode 7.13: Just Stuff

I’m starting to grow sad as I pump out my podcast, U62: The Targ.  It seems like I just started doing it again, but looking at the calendar, it’s getting to be that time of the  year where I’m going to be very busy in my day job, so I take the summer off from the podcast.  But, that day’s not here yet, so in the meantime, I get to give you Episode 7.13:  Just Stuff.  In this one, I ramble about:

  • I don’t think I ever told the tale of working on the crew of the MuchMusic VJ Search.  So I finally decide to tell that tale.
  • It’s another installment of “Mark Tastes Random Things,” as I sample and give my thoughts on Domino’s Specialty Chicken, aka the Chicken-Crust Pizza
  • And I give the rundown on all the comic book based new TV shows we’re getting this fall:  two from Marvel and FIVE! from DC.

All this and more on U62: The Targ!

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Episode 7.12: Nope. Not Gonna Say It.

U62: The TargI’m sure you’re expecting me to say it.  But I’m not going to.  As I mention in this week’s podcast, I appreciate setting aside a day to celebrate a franchise I love, but to do so because of a stupid pun makes no sense.

So when you’re done with your Wookie Cookies and Blue Milk, why not give a listen to Episode 7.12:  Nope.  Not Gonna Say It.  Just a brief episode this week, as I ramble my thoughts on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the announcement of the Episode VII cast.

So, on this Star Wars Day, may I say…live long and prosper.

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Movie Review – The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Directed by Mark Webb

Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, and Paul Giamatti.

Backstory

I did really enjoy the first in this new Spider-Man trilogy, even though I felt that a reboot was unnecessary. So, with the second installment on the horizon, at first I was eager for it, but with so much hype, the strange thing was I was almost burnt out on it as the release date drew near. Rather than excitement, my attitude towards the release was, “Oh, yeah. That’s coming out today.” But still, remembering those desperate days of the 1990s when we were wondering if there would ever be a Spider-Man movie, I still got out to see it. And how does the latest cinematic Spidey fare?

Plot

Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for a while now, and most of New York seems to be embracing their new superhero. Even one Max Dillon, a mostly ignored electrical engineer working at OsCorp. One day, Spider-Man saves Dillon from a police chase, and that chance encounter turns Dillon into a creepy obsessed fan. Meanwhile, as madly in love as Peter and Gwen Stacey are, Peter is still haunted by her father’s deathbed wish that Peter distance himself from Gwen and not drag her into the Spidey life, giving their whole relationship an awkward on-again/off-again status. Meanwhile, Norman Osborn passes away, and his son, and childhood friend of Peter’s, Harry Osborn returns. Harry is dying from the same illness that claimed his father, and believes that Spider-Man’s DNA holds the key to a cure. Meanwhile, Dillon has an industrial accident at OsCorp that turns him into Electo, new powers that he hopes will get the city to love him as much as they love Spider-Man. Will Spider-Man defeat Electro? Will Peter and Gwen be able to make it work? And will Harry find his cure deep within OsCorp’s archives?

What I Liked

Andrew Garfield IS Spider-Man. When he’s in costume, Spidey’s trademark quips are fast and furious and funny. We finally get to see more of the scientific side of Peter Parker, as he tinkers with his web shooters to keep Electro from shorting them out. The special effects are great, too. The bullet-time-ish spider-sense sequences are spectacular to look at. And much like the first film, the heart is the Peter Parker/Gwen Stacey romance. Garfield and Stone make such an adorable couple on screen, and their banter is perfect. They are just a great movie couple.

What I Didn’t Like

Paul Giamatti as the Rhino is wasted. It’s pretty much a glorified cameo. We hardly get to know Jamie Foxx’s Electro. We see him as super-nerd, pushed around person who finally gets the power to push back. It’s a trite, cliched, by-the-numbers character arc. It would have been nice to have spent more time with Harry Osborn and witness his transformation to the Green Goblin, and again, it seems rushed and forced in just so we can have the Green Goblin <spoiler redacted>. It’s just overstuffed.

Final Assessment

This feels very much like a transitional film. They’re quick to wrap up the loose ends and questions people had about the first film, while they’re also trying to set-up the entire Spider-verse of films they’re planning. That being said, I did enjoy it. There’s enough good Spidey action for you to select the stuff you like.

3 Nibs