"Godzilla" has had so many remakes, sequels and spinoffs, it's hard to keep them straight. The latest version, Gareth Edwards' $160 million monster mash-up, hits some theaters Thursday night, then will open everywhere Friday.
Edwards certainly adhered to the vaunted check list for creature features, but the result is not especially thrilling. While the monster fights are fun and suitably ridiculous, the overall film does not generate much
Legendary Pictures' big-budget reboot Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards and released by Warner Bros., arrives amidst a barrage of pre-release buzz that can't help but call to mind the previous attempt by a Hollywood studio to translate this quintessentially Japanese of celluloid icons to the American cinematic vernacular. That film, from Sony-Tristar and Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, arrived exactly 16 years ago next week as the summer season's preordained champion. I was there opening night, popcorn in hand, brain thoroughly washed by the mountainous onslaught of hype leading up to opening night, fully expecting the greatest blockbuster of all time.
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I was one of those kids who wasted their youth watching "Creature Double Feature" smackdowns between Godzilla and his arsenal of enemy combatants such as Mothra and Ghidorah. There was something about seeing these behemoths stomp Tokyo to dust that made me absolutely giddy: the primal doomsday terror of a beast created by A-bomb radiation, the model-shop ingenuity, the laughable man-in-a-rubber-suit campiness. It's been 16 years since Hollywood nearly soured that love affair, thanks to Roland Emmerich's 1998 atrocity. And I was hopeful that the splashy new 3-D reboot might rekindle the old flame.
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Unfortunately, Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" feels like two movies Scotch-taped together. In one, Bryan Cranston plays a nuclear engineer with a tragic past who's racing to expose the truth about a series of seismic anomalies, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is his estranged soldier son, and Ken Watanabe and Sally Haw [...]
As Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" reboot roars into theaters Friday (May 16), we're excited for epic action, over-the-top explosions, and of course, the ultimate movie monster in all its magnificent CG glory.
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