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Joanne Soh
Friday, May 16, 2014

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Movie date: Godzilla

The New Paper | Joanne Soh | Friday, May 16, 2014

Cinema Still: Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (right) and Bryan Cranston (left)

MOVIE DATE

STARRING: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe

DIRECTOR: Gareth Edwards

THE SKINNY: US soldier Ford Brody (Taylor-Johnson) travels to Japan in order to help his supposedly crazy father (Cranston) uncover the mystery at a nuclear disaster area. Turns out a giant bug is feeding on the radiation. Then, a giant lizard - Godzilla - comes out of the sea to fight the giant bug. The soldier also runs around trying to fight the monsters. Meanwhile, Ford's wife (Olsen) is super hot.

RATING: PG13

THE CONSENSUS: The main characters are a drag but at least the monsters prove to be a big deal.

Is this a movie about Godzilla?

The notorious lizard king may be on the title block, but he doesn't get enough screen time.

That's my main beef with Edwards' reboot: Why doesn't Godzilla deserve more play?

Instead, we see more of the MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Objects) destroying buildings and terrorising people.

That said, credit must be given to Edwards for creating some awesome-looking creatures. His Godzilla is fearsome and majestic.

I guess Godzilla fans will cheer and clap when he roars and lets out that famous blue atomic breath. Well, at least that rapturous response was experienced at the screening I attended in New York.

Edwards also tries to make his version more serious and edgy, much like what Chris Nolan did when he revamped the Batman franchise.

But Edwards is no Nolan, and his cast - with the exception of the brilliant Cranston and Juliette Binoche - are no way in the league of Christian Bale and company.

The movie takes itself too seriously with not much room for any fun elements.

Its leads Taylor-Johnson couldn't be more bland while Olsen is criminally under-utilised.

Thank goodness for Cranston then who sets up the movie beautifully, and for that, Godzilla gets the extra tick.

This article was published on May 14 in The New Paper.

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