As with all Godzilla reboots, this one was bound to get some of it wrong.
Gather up your supplies and cover up in your basements, folks, because Godzilla is almost here (or you could just go with the more traditional option of purchasing a ticket for the movie). You probably know the story of the gigantic radioactive lizard already and if not… how? With the film hitting theaters tomorrow, May 15, it’s time to check out some reviews and see what the critics are saying.
It'll still be a box office success, but critics think the new Godzilla is still a bit lackluster.
New York Daily News’ review gives a nod to Cranston’s acting (of course) and the CGI work on Godzilla. However, thanks to an uninspired story and low stakes, the movie overall is pegged as “dull” and “underwhelming”
Forbes’ review says pretty much the same thing, describing the Sony production as “a combination creature-feature/disaster movie that has several good moments but can’t seem to combine them into a larger effective story.”'
Vulture’s review is much more kind, pegging Godzilla, for all its flaws, as a great popcorn movie. David Edelstein notes that while the effects and the scale are on point (although there could have been more shots of Godzilla in Godzilla), the message is a bit too positive for this kind of film: “The new Godzilla, by contrast, is sunny-side up,” David Edelstein writes. “But Edwards and Co.'s reassuring message is tone-deaf to our own time. The M.U.T.O. were created by destructive human technology, but Nature, they say, is self-correcting, a Higher Power that dispatches an agent from the depths to protect us from the consequences of our arrogance…”
It isn’t exactly a message that resonates with our time, but still - who could pass up a film about giant monsters fighting other giant monsters?
Bryan Cranston is universally loved, but his presence in the movie gets cut short.