Godzilla… He’s (sometimes she) a big lizard stomping around the city mashing up shit. This is what the real fans want to see. Instead we get tease after tease after tease and no real “Holy crap! Godzilla’s kickin’ ass!” moments. Instead, what we get is a handful of characters that have no dimension to them who somehow have a magnetic attraction to Godzilla and are always around.
Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” was an entertaining movie about trying to get out of a quarantine zone where giant monsters run. That’s the basic gist of it and it worked. That movie was shot with a small budget and we get saving the big reveal for when it gives maximum payoff. The problem is that this movie is about Godzilla. We know him and we want to see him. What was supposed to be the best part is that this movie can afford to do it right and show him as often as they like. NOPE! It’s like he thought we wouldn’t actually want to see extended scenes of big G beating crap up, but in my own case… this was the exact reason I paid for my ticket.
While watching this film I first thought, "this Director of Photography should never make another film again." Then the characters drew me in a bit. That only lasted so long before I thought, "the Director AND Editor both should never work in film again." At the end of the movie I laughed comically loud at the fact that all of those roles were the same man.
The story is one draft away from a really solid script. There are some overwritten writerly moments that took me out of the film. This tends to happen in most indie films because of filmmakers trying to be hip, or just generally trying to hard. Those moments were minimal enough that I could look past it and watch the film comfortably.
Most have you have probably heard that Ben Affleck (A.K.A. crappy Daredevil) is going to be the next Batman. This is sad news as we will have to skip the next few Batman films and the next Superman film. The only way to show Hollywood that this is not a good idea is to not pay for the film. Let’s just go ahead and NOT watch this film, especially opening weekend.
Bad Hollywood films should be punished. The only punishment they know is failure. Let’s save some cash and skip out on crappy films/decisions.
Update: Here’s how I, JAS, feel about it… I think there really has not been a good casting choice for Batman by Hollywood yet. There have been competent actors whose performance were able to save them/the movie from being miscast. I honestly think Bale, with his lisp and weak chin, was a terrible decision. The thing is, is those scripts were very strong and he’s a decent enough actor that it kept him from failing. As long as they write to Affleck’s strengths, not sure what those are, they could make OK Batman films.
The bitterest half of Bitter Balcony, JAS, has a web series almost at its first season end. "Workforce" is a skit-based comedy series about a group of coworkers trying to make it through the workday.
You should give it a view and check out how even someone as bitter as JAS can have a sense of humor. ;)
More seasons to come!