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OT Godzilla review
This review is spoiler-free.
I saw Sony's tentpole production last night, and thought it was
generally fun if shamelessly shallow. It's like poprocks -- exciting in
the mouth, utterly devoid of nutritional value. Summer fare,
reminiscent in some ways of "The Rock."
It was stupid, of course, but not as insultingly stupid as Independence
Day, which would have been a real achievement. The opening credits
sequence was fabulous. Pacing is generally good. The love story is
basically harmless but utterly superfluous and the only thing that holds
the pacing back. Female reporters this summer sure take a beating!
Centropolis flicks have this way of hitting you over the head with
things, as if you were dumber than a bag of hammers. I laughed when
some people impersonating American soldiers were issued sticks of gum,
then groaned when it was spelled out exactly why this was (duh).
The Godzilla design itself is very impressive and interesting -- iguana
or no iguana, his dinosaurian inspiration is clear, and there's a bit of
Jay Leno thrown in for good measure. If the guy in the rubber suit is
the only thing that does it for you, then this new design is unholy
heresy, but in and of itself it's a neat behemoth-monster design.
Those of you who have kids shouldn't reap little nightmare dividends
from bringing them along. No one is eaten (well, almost no one) and
it's really more of a spectacle than a frightfest.
So what the hell; check your brain at the door and have fun. Hey, it's
got a giant lizard in it -- how can you not go?
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