"Full of sound and fury and big animals, signifying nothing"
The bigger the not-so-much better.It's already one of the most storied disappointments in Hollywood history. And proof that, box-office figures from one well-marketed popcorn flick aside, Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich really just aren't that good.
Yep, it's Godzilla. Hear him roar. Or don't, you'd be happier that way.
I don't mind updating B-flicks with a more "serious" approach. It worked wonders in Cronenberg's "The Fly," for instance. and despite somes purists' whining, I don't even mind that Godzilla isn't some guy in a rubber suit as he probably should have remained. Nope, my problem is in making a monster movie that undermines its own action sequences, serves up bland-as-Perrier cookie-cutter "heroes," and is in general kinda dull. Sure, the production values are slick as a newborn's bottom, but how about backing them up with content?
A big monster is loose in New York. Pretty cool. The initial scenes of Godzy ripping the Big A a new one even impressed me a little bit. Then it ended suddenly. He pops up later, and a bevy of military helicopters give chase. At last, I think, a sweet action sequence to give this baby some punch. Then, something so laughable happens (SPOILER: "He disappeared." Simple fact---you ARE NOT going to lose a several-ton lizard in NYC, no matter where he wants to hide) it takes you right the hell out of the moment.
Matthew Broderick is his standard nice-guy self, and Jean Reno has presence because, well, he's Jean Reno. Hank Azaria's wasted. Everyone else, Maria Pitillo especially, is window dressing.
It isn't as bad as "Independence Day," which for my money was one of the worst pieces of dreck ever to grace a projection booth, but neither is it a sign that Devlin and Emmerich deserve the free reign they've been given by their corporate masters at Sony. Keep these bozos away from Spider-Man and James Bond, for the love of all that's holy.Downsizing DOES matter.