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Godzilla (2014): A Kaiju-Sized Letdown

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Godzilla, in almost every single way, is an extremely difficult film to review.  It’s that rare film that isn’t exactly bad, but which still manages to be a bit disappointing in almost every single regard.  If you’re expressly interested in giant monster fights, a repeat viewing of Pacific Rim is probably a better way to spend your time–Godzilla’s screentime here is pretty sparse.  But then that’s the case with nearly every Godzilla movie, so if you were expecting wall-to-wall monster action I don’t really know what to tell you.  If you’re going in expecting a return to Ishiro Honda’s 1954 Gojira, which seems to be what the majority of the trailers were selling, you’re likely to be disappointed.  If you’re looking for director Gareth Edwards to highlight the ground-level human struggle which comes with the territory of giant monster attacks like he did in his impressive 2010 debut film Monsters, well…I guess that’s what he was going for here, anyway.  And yet, this movie pretty much drops the ball in that department as well.

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