Godzilla 2014 [Popcorn Review]

Finally, the little hyped geek in me saw Godzilla, or as I like to call it (aka. screaming at friends), GOJIRAA. But was it as good as I hoped? Well, let’s say I am happier than the last installment.

Okay let’s first look at the movie cast and the time the movie got released. They made this for the 60th anniversary of Godzilla. It started out as a movie in 1954 by Ishiro Honda. And I gotta say, this new reboot puts in little hidden details throughout the movie that serve as a homage to the original Godzilla movie by Honda.

When Godzilla was first filmed in 1954 it had a point to make. People were worried about the nuclear bombings after World War II and Godzilla was used to warn people about using nuclear weapons. As a deformed animal, it ravaged Japan and destroyed everything. After many years there are numerous rip-offs, spin-offs and other films containing this monster, but only the first Godzilla had a point to make. The rest were made just to see a bad-ass monster devour cities.

The newest installment, however, does respect the 1954 version. They named the main doctor in the movie the same as he was called in the first version, there are new monsters that devour nuclear weapons and many others things for those that pay attention. If you’re a fan of the original, you will enjoy these little details. I did.

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Anyhow let’s check out the cast.

We have the bright shining star, our Heisenberg, the drug kingpin, Bryan Cranston! Hoooray! And he appears only in the first 30 mins. Nice going Gareth Edwards, really smooth of you. You get one of the best actors out there today and you give him that little screen time. Hmpf. Well at least he got more than the actual Godzilla.

Besides Cranston we have the star of Kick-Ass (god how I hate THAT movie) Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Okay I have nothing against the fella, he did an okay job. I guess. It was a bland performance over all, but I didn’t expect fireworks. Why the heck is he playing the main role when we have Cranston, though? WHY?!?!

*breathes fire out of nostrils*

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Okay when I got that out of my system let’s check out some more of the cast. We have Sally Hawkins. She did okay I guess. Not much space to be creative with her role, though.

And of course, there is Ken Watanabe. This dude is great in every movie I’ve ever seen him in. Yes, even when he is performing with Tom Cruise. Ugh.

Gonna skip the rest of the cast, to come to the genius director named Gareth Edwards. Mr Edwards has only done monster movies as far as I can see and I guess it shows? Anyhow. Not a very good job here.

The movie… Well I gotta admit there are some really good things about this movie. First of all we have a good background story, which is based on the 1954 original and I applaud that. The filming of the scenes from the 1950’s is made very well, and I enjoyed that part a lot.

Beside that we have a very good, albeit short, performance by Bryan Cranston who did a great job in the first 30 minutes. Too bad we didn’t get a proper showdown with him and the kaijus as that would’ve been cool. Why couldn’t he stay longer, perhaps shoot a bazooka at them and say :

Yippie-Ki-Yay MotherFucker!

Now that would be some proper stuff. Besides Cranston’s performance, Watanabe does a very good job also.

Another on my plus list is the Godzilla himself. He is really amazing and the way he roars! Very nice visual effects, I was really impressed! It would be also nice if Godzilla was the main character in his own movie too! More screen time also! Damnit.

Okay, let’s check out the negatives I’ve found.

First of all, as I’ve said before, Cranston’s screen-time. Big no no. Also, Godzilla screen-time. I’ve come to watch Godzilla kick ass and roar. Not to see some MUTOs mate and lay eggs everywhere. If I wanted to watch weird people mating and laying eggs, I’d watch Jersey Shore or Big Brother.

The movie really drags out the showdown between Godzilla and the MUTO’s. I was really looking forward to them beating seven shades of crap out of each other but every time they started fighting the scenes changed. Sure they were teasing because the main showdown needed to happen at the end. Was the main showdown any good then? It was mediocre at best, sadly. Sure we got some destruction and tail action but there wasn’t enough of it for my taste. At least they brought back the atomic-breath from the original Godzilla. That was good.

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I get why there was also so much heart tearing human interaction, but the human story doesn’t pay off in the movie at all. I didn’t feel connected to any of the actors, they didn’t deliver the performance they should. It just felt like a drag, I kept wanting for them to piss off so I could see more of that bad ass Godzilla. At one point even, my friend who brought tuna with broccoli to the cinema (yes , he is weird like that), eating with a silverware fork, was also nagging about how they were boring him to tears. He at least had his broccoli.

Also the mistakes in the movie. Oh my, I must have counted more than 20 of them just at that one sitting. Can’t wait for Cinema Sins to scour through this movie for a final count. I mean, seriously, a bus stops because a huge pole fell in front of it and then in the next shot after 3 seconds they just drive forward? The pole disappears? Also the A-bomb is set to explode in one hour during which our main actor runs across the entire San Francisco, jumps from an airplane, fights monsters and takes a stroll on a boat. That’s a really long hour!

The ending. Why such an abrupt end? Godzilla just sways away into the sea? The hell?

Furthermore, don’t bother yourself with the 3D version. Aside from some really nice scenery of the forest and helicopters flying around, I don’t remember seeing anything that would stun me in 3D. I kinda even forgot I was looking at a movie made in 3D. Meh.

All in all I was not impressed by this movie at all. But because I really liked Godzilla’s visuals, and there were some good things in the movie I’ll rate this movie:

The Popcorn Reporter gives this movie 6/10 buckets. 

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Next week I’m hoping I’ll manage to see the new X-Men:Days of Future Past and The Grand Budapest Hotel .

Stick around!

Sunshine Award [Popcorn Award]

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Belle at the Unfolding The Plot blog.  Thank you so much for reading my stuff and supporting me throughout! I’ll try to keep working on good content for yours and everyone’s satisfaction.

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award!

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you for the award
  • Present 10 deserving bloggers with the award-  “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  • Write 10 interesting things about you

 

Well after we’ve done the tiresome thing of proudly displaying this award (*flexes muscles*), we can go on with the rest of the notes to do!

Let’s see which 10 bloggers I think should receive this award! I hope I won’t nominate anyone who has received it before though!

  1. Chris and Elizabeth Watch Movies
  2. Coolsville
  3. The Infinite Abyss(es)
  4. Spoken, Written and Screamed
  5. Where The Wild Things Are
  6. Sunset Boulevard
  7. Globe Drifting
  8. The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger
  9. GeekedOutMovies
  10. Cinema or Cine-meh?

That’s the list of all the bloggers I often read, enjoy their content and I believe they deserve this award!

Now the hard part!

Really hard part.

  1. One of things I love most in my life is sleeping. If I don’t get enough (that being more than 8, 9 hours) I am in a really bad mood all day.
  2. First time I’ve seen Star Wars was a couple of months ago and I thought it’s not that big of a deal.
  3. I have a cat named Fidel (CATstro, lol. [Proofer’s note]). Yes that is correct.
  4. I had a phase where I did photography. Tried to be artistic and stuff. Here is the link to the DeviantArt profile.
  5. Once I was “working” for a Balkan-area gaming portal and was reviewing video-games. We got close to signing a contract with a TV-channel but one of the owners stole all the money and vanished.
  6. I had a big crush on Hermione the first time I saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  7. I’ve learned French for 7 years and up to this day I can’t say a normal sentence. That language is way too hard.
  8. Once when I was in Poland the only thing I knew how to say in Polish was “testicle sucking”. It made up for a very funny bus ride.
  9. I’m not a fan of anime, but I think Dragon Ball is awesome.
  10. When I was nine years old I had fallen from a tree and crushed my chin. Next day was the class photo day. I still have that picture with half of my head in bandages.

And that’s that!

Thank you so much again, Belle, for nominating me and I do hope I’ve nominated people who haven’t gotten this award before. I’m proudly going to display this award on my About-page! Yay!

I have some reviews planned, but I am really keen on watching the new Godzilla and X-men. Hopefully I won’t be disappointed.

Cinema in May [Popcorn Preview]

We have yet another cinema preview! May, here we come!

Also I have introduced star rating for this preview. The star rating shows how much I am excited for each movie.

There are some really nice movies that are coming out this month, and I’m feeling good about most of them actually. Let’s check ’em all out fast!

So many shinies! Can’t wait for some of them! Here’s a little preview:

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Ugh. Yet another Spiderman movie. There have been loads of debates all over because of this early reboot of the franchise and I really don’t want to get into that part again. I’ll just state I understand why they did it, but I think it (the first movie) could’ve been done way better.

I think that Andrew Garfield does a way better Spiderman than Tobey Maguire. Furthermore I think Emma Stone is also better than Kirsten Dunst. Overall I believe this Spiderman movie will be better than the one from the last franchise boot. I hope they make a better movie than the first one, but I am scared they will lose themselves in narrating so many characters and enemies in one movie. One arch-enemy per movie please.

Buzz:

3

Neighbours

Not a big fan of Zac Efron, just because I think people put him in movies so he can take his shirt off and look pretty. However, I am actually interested in his comedies. I think he did a good job in That Akward Moment and I also think he’ll do a solid job here.

Seth Rogen, on the other hand, I love. There is something about that furry bear that makes me laugh my ass off whenever I see him and his shenanigans. From the trailer I reckon it’ll be a good movie that’ll make you laugh for 90 minutes and you’ll probably forget about it. I’ll probably give this one a look.

Buzz:

2

Chef

Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and Dustin Hoffman? Sign me right up!

Seriously though, this movie looks like a really good comedy. They have a cast with huge potential, food, and judging from the trailer, some nice jokes going on. Only thing I would add is an angry chef that is rampaging through the movie. Gordon Ramsay, for sure.

Buzz:

4

 

Godzilla

There has been a lot of talk lately, following the release of the latest trailer of Godzilla, about how fat and funny the monster is. I can’t say I’ve had the same feelings but there is some really funny jokes floating around. It would be wrong for me to say them out loud cause they might come out wrong, but I’ll tell you they include obese Godzilla and obese Americans.

On the other hand I think that it’s about time there is a Godzilla remake. I think the trailer looks really good, suspenseful and I hope the CGI won’t disappoint. On the other hand I’d love a Heisenberg vs Godzilla fight. Let’s go Bryan Cranston!

Buzz:

4

Million Dollar Arm

I gotta admit I am getting sick of all these sports management movies coming out lately. Sure, Moneyball was a great movie and I was really impressed by it. But now it seems these similar types of movies are coming all over. There’s Draft Day, and now Million Dollar Arm. How can I even be hyped about any of them? Getting kind of tired.

Nice try Disney, but I am not falling for it.

Buzz:

1

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Now THIS! This is something I am really hyped about.

Just look at the cast! Lawrence, Dinklage, Fassbender, Jackman, McAvoy and so so many more! Such an incredible cast and I must say that if the chemistry between actors shows on the screen, I’m gonna be one happy kid. I am also really looking forward to the CGI in this movie. The stadium scene looks impressive in the trailer and I really hope there is much more to come! Heck I’m going to camp out in front of the cinema right now!

Buzz:

5

Edge of Tomorrow

After that nerdgasm, we come to Tom Cruise. What a disappointement, I know.

As you may gather I am not a big fan of him. I actually I dislike almost all of his work besides Eyes Wide Shut and Oblivion. Mostly because, as he stated it himself, he played an idiot in Eyes Wide Shut and he saw that at the premiere. Kubrick also stated the he knew that the only person who could play that role was Cruise.

On the other hand I think this movie may have some potential after all. Even though it looks a lot similar to Oblivion somehow. To my mind at least. I’ll be checking this out, because it looks really interesting!

Buzz:

4

Maleficent

Angelina Jolie as a witch? Sign me up. Are there attractive outfits too?

I’m not a big fan of Disney lately, but I think this one will do fine at the box office. Angelina Jolie seems to have really dedicated herself in this movie, judging from the trailer, and I am looking forward to check this out when it arrives. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a cliché of love and ultimate good. Oh who am I kidding, it’s a Disney movie.

Buzz:

3

A Million Ways to Die in the West

I’m actually really hyped about this one. Seth McFarlane did a really good job with Ted and I am looking forward to his movies now. I hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

But judging from the cast and the trailer it looks like I may be in for a treat! Charlize Teron, Neil Patrick Harris and Giovanni Ribisi? Looks like a great mix for a good comedy! Although I think we can expect Liam Neeson to beat everyone up again in this movie. I’m getting sick of his ultimate hero complex in movies. It’s not as if he’s Arnold. Sheesh.

Buzz:

4

 

So what do you think about the movies that May has in store for us? Will you be checking any of them out? Which of these are you most hyped about? Comment below and follow!

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Stay well!