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Review: Godzilla

May. 15, 2014by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: Fifteen years after witnessing a nuclear catastrophe in Japan, a discredited nuclear physicist (Bryan Cranston) witnesses along with his solider son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) the hatching of a giant monster which threatens to wipe out all human life on Earth.

REVIEW: Going into a movie with sky-high expectations is often a bad thing. I'll admit that I went into Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA expecting a one-hell of a great reboot, a feeling that was spurred-on by many of the almost uniformly positive early reviews. Having finally seen the movie for myself I can't help but feel like a lot of the early critics got caught up in the hype as the finished product is far from the movie a lot of us were hoping for, even if it's ultimately a successful reboot, if only moderately so.

One thing is for certain, it's a hell of a lot better than Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin's disastrous 1998 version, which stands as one of the all-time worst tent-pole movies ever made. Unlike Emmerich's campy, ID4-clone, Edwards' GODZILLA is remarkably serious even grim. Clearly everyone involved took the old Toho series to heart but the material is treated with such reverence that one can't help but wish Edwards and writer Max Borenstein had taken a slightly different tack as it utterly lacks the everything but the kitchen sink charm the old movies had.

Even still, this wouldn't be a huge problem if at the very least we had characters we could invest in. This is where GODZILLA really suffers. While the cast is full of good actors nobody here has anything at all to work with. The first ten minutes of the movie goes to great lengths setting up Bryan Cranston as the everyman hero with a strong motivation, but in the end his part winds up being little more than a cameo, with the focus abruptly shifting to his far less interesting son, played by Johnson. While he's done well in many roles, here he just plays a generic soldier-type, with little-to-no character development. From beginning to end he's a square-jawed hero that's utterly devoid of personality or intensity. His on-screen wife, played by Elizabeth Olsen fares even worse with her being shoehorned in here and there, but she registers so little that the part could have been completely excised at the eleventh hour and no one would have known the difference. Still, at least Olsen is noticeable. Sally Hawkins an Oscar-nominated actress is so under-used thatI forgot she was even in the movie until the credits rolled. She pretty much just stands behind Ken Watanabe, who basically plays the only scientist on the planet who seems to get what's going on. Even he does little more than stand around with his mouth-agape while watching carnage unfold on monitors. Calling this cast of characters two-dimensional would be generous. They're so one-dimensional they barely exist.

At this point, I'm sure a lot of you are thinking; Chris, this is a GODZILLA movie, who cares about the humans? I hear ya. Normally, I'd agree, but here's the rub; GODZILLA is barely in the movie! He only shows up about half way through, and when he does we only get glimpses. Anytime he's about to do something cool, Edwards cuts away. At first this is amusing, with a cheeky cut to news network coverage of Godzilla in action nicely underscoring the ludicrousness of the premise. But Edwards does this over and over. This is the exact approach he used in his last movie, MONSTERS. There, it was due to an almost non-existent budget, and we also had interesting characters to follow around. Here everyone is deadly dull, and skimping on the carnage seems unnecessary for such a huge budget film. I get the idea of teasing the character through a slow reveal but it gets ridiculous to the point that the title monster is barely in it.

Luckily, Edwards absolutely nails the last half hour of the film. Everything from the jump scene (heavily featured in the trailers) which is eerily and effectively scored by Ligeti's Requiem (famously used in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) to the end more or less works, with Edwards finally allowing us to watch Godzilla in action with a clever twist on the big-guy that's right out of the Toho handbook and a notable departure from Emmerich and Devlin's approach in 1998. As generic and by-the-numbers as much of the acting and the storyline comes off, the CGI is breathtaking, and GODZILLA looks amazing (although the 3D at least on the digital IMAX version I saw was weak). The music by Alexandre Desplat is also excellent, and one of the better film scores in recent memory.

In the end, I was torn over what to give GODZILLA as a grade. Overall I found it very disappointing, but maybe my expectations were too high (although if a movie's only good if you walk in with low expectations, it's not really good at all). Thanks to the last half-hour, GODZILLA ekes out a pass in my book, and I'm sure that if a sequel is made even by Edwards who I'm still convinced is a solid director it could be really good. When it works, it works well. When it doesn't, it's never disastrous, but it is dull. This GODZILLA reboot is far from bad, but for too much of the running time it's very mediocre.

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2:20AM on 05/21/2014
Godzzzzzzzzilla is more like it. If Aaron Taylor-Johnson had more charisma than a paper plate it would have been much better. That said, the special effects were great and I enjoyed the 7 minutes of screen time the giant lizard actually got.
Godzzzzzzzzilla is more like it. If Aaron Taylor-Johnson had more charisma than a paper plate it would have been much better. That said, the special effects were great and I enjoyed the 7 minutes of screen time the giant lizard actually got.
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11:28AM on 05/19/2014

I Agree!

A step in the right direction, and a lot of room for growth.
A step in the right direction, and a lot of room for growth.
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11:36AM on 05/16/2014

I have not seen Godzilla yet, but I would dig a "Jaws" treatment of Godzilla. Will his absence and neglect be worse than the Winter Soldier's in CA2?

Personally, I think it's would be more scary and intense when something is there and you don't see it. This is way I dug the trailer of Godzilla in IMAX. Shots of smoke and destruction with armed military searching the skies with no clear visual of the target, that's intense. This is why Jaws is so re-watchable, your not bombarded with a mechanical shark every 5 minutes, only glimpses which add to your eagerness to see it again and again. Cloverfield had the same, especially with it's great
Personally, I think it's would be more scary and intense when something is there and you don't see it. This is way I dug the trailer of Godzilla in IMAX. Shots of smoke and destruction with armed military searching the skies with no clear visual of the target, that's intense. This is why Jaws is so re-watchable, your not bombarded with a mechanical shark every 5 minutes, only glimpses which add to your eagerness to see it again and again. Cloverfield had the same, especially with it's great teaser trailer. It's fucking scary to hear a loud roar, followed with explosions, people screaming "it's huge and coming this way", without knowing or seeing what the hell it is.
As long as the movie keeps Godzilla in mind through the course of the film, it should be okay. Unlike the Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Solider, who is barely mentioned and doesn't show up face-to-face with Captain American until over an hour and a half into the film!
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11:26AM on 05/16/2014

Agreed

[MILD SPOILERS] The last half hour was great, and I would add the first 10 minutes were promising. But the script and characters turned out to be weak sauce. Cranston is vastly under-utilized, and it felt like an underhanded move by the studios to feature him so prominently in the trailers (my enjoyment of the film dropped dramatically when I realized he was going to be used as little as he was). And his character, a "mad" scientist that nobody believes in, gave me the faintest whiff of shitty
[MILD SPOILERS] The last half hour was great, and I would add the first 10 minutes were promising. But the script and characters turned out to be weak sauce. Cranston is vastly under-utilized, and it felt like an underhanded move by the studios to feature him so prominently in the trailers (my enjoyment of the film dropped dramatically when I realized he was going to be used as little as he was). And his character, a "mad" scientist that nobody believes in, gave me the faintest whiff of shitty deja vu from Broderick's role in the 1998 film. You'd think they could have figured out a more interesting character angle, but from what comes next, maybe they couldn't (or weren't given the time to, whatever). Because the soldier and his wife are really just so dull. Olsen gives it her all, but she has literally nothing to do but be scared and wait for her man to come home. Taylor-Johnson makes good use of the furrowed brow technique of acting. We never get a clear idea of what his motivation is. Is he trying to get back to his wife, as he keeps saying over and over? Because if that's the case, he really shouldn't have tried so hard to get himself on a train with a bunch of nukes on it.
And another thing. We're supposed to root for Godzilla. I get it. But we aren't really given a good reason to do so. He's still destroying our cities, isn't he? It was a classic example of our world seeping into the movie world. The characters in this film have really no reason to call Godzilla a "savior." To be honest, I almost sympathized with the two "evil" MUTOs more, as Edwards goes out of his way to show affection between the two beasts, and their desire to have children. That's a hell of a lot more compelling than Godzilla's motivation, which is apparently to go and want to murder the mom and dad to-be.
But the broad issue is this: in the first two acts, I got bored. Quite a bit. And when Godzilla arrives, it's great, but then we keep cutting back to the boring human characters: of the wife being terrified, of the soldier furrowing his brow. And all I wanted by then, after an hour or more of talking up monsters, is some cathartic monster mayhem.
All in all, I do want a sequel, but this is a 3/5 for me.
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10:47AM on 05/16/2014
This movie was great. Though I was disappointed we didn't get more of Cranston who was by far the most interesting character, I loved how they held back Godzilla. It felt like something out of Spielberg's playbook, plus the old school Toho Godzilla's did the same thing. Your telling me anyone cared about those characters in those movies?
This movie was great. Though I was disappointed we didn't get more of Cranston who was by far the most interesting character, I loved how they held back Godzilla. It felt like something out of Spielberg's playbook, plus the old school Toho Godzilla's did the same thing. Your telling me anyone cared about those characters in those movies?
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9:31AM on 05/16/2014

Good review

I must agree with your review, most people will expect a higher score out of blind reverence to the Godzilla material, but your review did hit the nail on the head. If the review was based on the last half hour only it would be a 9 or 10, but the preceding part of the film and the more than dull human characters really do spoil what could have been a much better film. My advice, try to forget the first hour, and revel in the awesomeness of the last 30 mins.
I must agree with your review, most people will expect a higher score out of blind reverence to the Godzilla material, but your review did hit the nail on the head. If the review was based on the last half hour only it would be a 9 or 10, but the preceding part of the film and the more than dull human characters really do spoil what could have been a much better film. My advice, try to forget the first hour, and revel in the awesomeness of the last 30 mins.
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4:52AM on 05/16/2014

Respect

Chris, i respect your review. To those who thought Chris is wrong or right, well everyone does have different taste...For a Godzilla fan since 30 years ago, i would go for it & will love it, just to catch the glimpse of this "western" TRUE Godzilla, unlike the sorry ass 1999 T-Rex....About human character, i dun giv a damn..i'm here to watch the God himself..i wanna watch human, i would go for Les Miserables..
Chris, i respect your review. To those who thought Chris is wrong or right, well everyone does have different taste...For a Godzilla fan since 30 years ago, i would go for it & will love it, just to catch the glimpse of this "western" TRUE Godzilla, unlike the sorry ass 1999 T-Rex....About human character, i dun giv a damn..i'm here to watch the God himself..i wanna watch human, i would go for Les Miserables..
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1:20AM on 05/16/2014
Your expectations weren't met (reviewer) because you watched a trailer and got yourself psyched. It would be helpful if the person who reviewed this film didn't have a preconceived opinion. You decided before going to see the movie it would be good based on other critics' comments and the material you saw ahead of time. I am willing to wager had you not seen the trailer and had you not read other people's reviews you would have had an unbiased opinion and thus could have taken in the movie
Your expectations weren't met (reviewer) because you watched a trailer and got yourself psyched. It would be helpful if the person who reviewed this film didn't have a preconceived opinion. You decided before going to see the movie it would be good based on other critics' comments and the material you saw ahead of time. I am willing to wager had you not seen the trailer and had you not read other people's reviews you would have had an unbiased opinion and thus could have taken in the movie properly. Then you could have provided us with a review that did not lament how much you got it wrong BEFORE seeing said movie.
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11:01AM on 05/16/2014
Come on, that's a bit unreasonable. How can he not be influenced by the hype machine of a 160 million dollar movie? You're definitely going to go in having heard word of mouth and seen trailers. You're going to have preconceived notions. Every critic does, and because Chris admitted to as much, we have to slam him for it?
Come on, that's a bit unreasonable. How can he not be influenced by the hype machine of a 160 million dollar movie? You're definitely going to go in having heard word of mouth and seen trailers. You're going to have preconceived notions. Every critic does, and because Chris admitted to as much, we have to slam him for it?
2:45PM on 05/16/2014
I didn't slam him. In fact, compared to how some people write on joblo.com, I think I was fair. He's entitled to his opinion, as are you and I. At least we can discuss it like adults and not result to name calling as some have done. There is a difference between criticizing to find fault and criticizing amicably.
I didn't slam him. In fact, compared to how some people write on joblo.com, I think I was fair. He's entitled to his opinion, as are you and I. At least we can discuss it like adults and not result to name calling as some have done. There is a difference between criticizing to find fault and criticizing amicably.
12:42AM on 05/16/2014

I highly doubt its a 6

You gave amazing spiderman 2 the same score and said the same shit and that movie was a solid 8 and the best spiderman movie to date. So IDK every other person saids this movie is brilliant. So we'll see
You gave amazing spiderman 2 the same score and said the same shit and that movie was a solid 8 and the best spiderman movie to date. So IDK every other person saids this movie is brilliant. So we'll see
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11:38PM on 05/15/2014

Solid 8

Just got back from seeing it at the local IMAX and I think they did a great job of updating the idea. I would highly recommend seeing it in a large format theater. The sound was amazing ! The first time you hear Godzilla scream the audience went crazy. Don't expect an oscar winning film but from a straight entertainmen value t you can't go wrong.
Just got back from seeing it at the local IMAX and I think they did a great job of updating the idea. I would highly recommend seeing it in a large format theater. The sound was amazing ! The first time you hear Godzilla scream the audience went crazy. Don't expect an oscar winning film but from a straight entertainmen value t you can't go wrong.
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11:03PM on 05/15/2014

A no go..

I've seen it last night..guess Chris was right afterall...Sorry to spoil to u guys...its a dull movie..got bored half way through .Pacific Rim is wayyyy much more better IMO..
I've seen it last night..guess Chris was right afterall...Sorry to spoil to u guys...its a dull movie..got bored half way through .Pacific Rim is wayyyy much more better IMO..
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10:04PM on 05/15/2014
Aww man, I was hoping that you would really like this one, Chris. I'm still really excited, but it would have been great to have this film praised across the board on this site. Did you review Monsters? Curious to know what you thought of that one. I'm glad you recognize that Edwards is a real talent though, as i'm sure he'll be a director to watch in the future.
Aww man, I was hoping that you would really like this one, Chris. I'm still really excited, but it would have been great to have this film praised across the board on this site. Did you review Monsters? Curious to know what you thought of that one. I'm glad you recognize that Edwards is a real talent though, as i'm sure he'll be a director to watch in the future.
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7:27PM on 05/15/2014
Jesus.. Idk what ppl are complaining about.. Generally "cloverfield" is well loved on this site, and they show way less of the monster in cloverfield than they do godzilla. Yet everyone jad nothing but great things to say about cloverfield.
Jesus.. Idk what ppl are complaining about.. Generally "cloverfield" is well loved on this site, and they show way less of the monster in cloverfield than they do godzilla. Yet everyone jad nothing but great things to say about cloverfield.
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12:44AM on 05/16/2014
Ya they didn't show the monster at all in clover till the last 5 mins of that movie. I really liked that movie but IDK why people are bitchin esp with the characters if it had great characters then we would be bitchin bout that. The older godzilla films do not have any good characters and also the first godzilla film they didn't show him till the last few mins of the film too. So IDK what crack these fools are on. LOL
Ya they didn't show the monster at all in clover till the last 5 mins of that movie. I really liked that movie but IDK why people are bitchin esp with the characters if it had great characters then we would be bitchin bout that. The older godzilla films do not have any good characters and also the first godzilla film they didn't show him till the last few mins of the film too. So IDK what crack these fools are on. LOL
7:15PM on 05/15/2014
Jesus.. Idk what ppl are complaining about.. Generally "cloverfield" is well loved on this site, and they show way less of the monster in cloverfield than they do godzilla. Yet everyone jad nothing but great things to say about cloverfield.
Jesus.. Idk what ppl are complaining about.. Generally "cloverfield" is well loved on this site, and they show way less of the monster in cloverfield than they do godzilla. Yet everyone jad nothing but great things to say about cloverfield.
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7:55PM on 05/15/2014
I thought cloverfield was a piece of shit. Boring as hell with no monster. The characters in that film were GARBAGE. So shit characters and no monster! that shouldve been the tag line.
I thought cloverfield was a piece of shit. Boring as hell with no monster. The characters in that film were GARBAGE. So shit characters and no monster! that shouldve been the tag line.
8:13PM on 05/15/2014
I think Cloverfield showed a new aspect of the kaiju genre. And it was about the four leads.
But this new Godzilla isn't about the monsters, and also isn't about the people... So I don't know what is it about....
I think Cloverfield showed a new aspect of the kaiju genre. And it was about the four leads.
But this new Godzilla isn't about the monsters, and also isn't about the people... So I don't know what is it about....
11:05PM on 05/15/2014
cloverfield was shot in first person view perspective..
cloverfield was shot in first person view perspective..
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6:04PM on 05/15/2014

High expectations? Of course Godzilla is hardly in it, Edwards did the same thing with Monsters.

It's Godzilla! Personally, I don't think anyone should ever have high expectations for a Godzilla film. It's a large mutant lizard who stomps around cities. There's your premise for every Godzilla film.
I did not realize this Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, until now. That's explains a lot! Having seen Monsters, the film was less focused on the monsters and more on the people. Which is fine, but the monsters were barely in the film. No shocked to hear of
It's Godzilla! Personally, I don't think anyone should ever have high expectations for a Godzilla film. It's a large mutant lizard who stomps around cities. There's your premise for every Godzilla film.
I did not realize this Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, until now. That's explains a lot! Having seen Monsters, the film was less focused on the monsters and more on the people. Which is fine, but the monsters were barely in the film. No shocked to hear of Godzilla's absence through the film.
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5:30PM on 05/15/2014

I've seen it...

Stone me if you want to but I found it boring and poorly written. Cranston was soooo underused, and Watanabe's character is equal to a joke.
If you want a good kaiju film, watch last year's PACIFIC RIM instead.
Stone me if you want to but I found it boring and poorly written. Cranston was soooo underused, and Watanabe's character is equal to a joke.
If you want a good kaiju film, watch last year's PACIFIC RIM instead.
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1:33AM on 05/16/2014
You mean the same movie where every single action sequence was predictable? The same one that had amazing CGI yet an unoriginal story line? Check.
You mean the same movie where every single action sequence was predictable? The same one that had amazing CGI yet an unoriginal story line? Check.
4:28PM on 05/16/2014
Yes, I meant that. It was mindless fun but never teased to be something more, unlike this Godzilla film.

But what do you mean by "every single action sequence was predictable"? Have you ever seen a movie where the action scenes were Not? Because I haven't...
Yes, I meant that. It was mindless fun but never teased to be something more, unlike this Godzilla film.

But what do you mean by "every single action sequence was predictable"? Have you ever seen a movie where the action scenes were Not? Because I haven't...
5:05PM on 05/15/2014
I really don't get the people who come on here and diss the review before they've even seen the film ?? I love this site and I get a lot of enjoyment reading peoples opinions and reviews etc but a lot of the more 'positive reviews' I've seen in the UK have come from newspapers etc. Forgive me for being rude but I'd rather take a website like this than the papers. Even Empire one of, if not the best Movie magazine out there gave it 3/5 stars. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but wait
I really don't get the people who come on here and diss the review before they've even seen the film ?? I love this site and I get a lot of enjoyment reading peoples opinions and reviews etc but a lot of the more 'positive reviews' I've seen in the UK have come from newspapers etc. Forgive me for being rude but I'd rather take a website like this than the papers. Even Empire one of, if not the best Movie magazine out there gave it 3/5 stars. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but wait until you've seen the film till you give it
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5:22PM on 05/15/2014
IGN gave it 9 out of 10. While that's probably overly generous, what makes you think this one guy has any better insight into what you or I would like than them (and most of the critics who've reviewed it)?
IGN gave it 9 out of 10. While that's probably overly generous, what makes you think this one guy has any better insight into what you or I would like than them (and most of the critics who've reviewed it)?
5:47PM on 05/15/2014
Because I generally stick to genre critics who know their stuff and their source material, and as my point clearly states : people should wait until they've seen the movie till they give their opinion - as for IGN their main focus is Video Games is it not ?? Even the review aggregator has given the movie 6.8/10 based on 99 reviews so maybe Mr Brumbay is right on the money _ I will reserve my own opinion till I watch the film
Because I generally stick to genre critics who know their stuff and their source material, and as my point clearly states : people should wait until they've seen the movie till they give their opinion - as for IGN their main focus is Video Games is it not ?? Even the review aggregator has given the movie 6.8/10 based on 99 reviews so maybe Mr Brumbay is right on the money _ I will reserve my own opinion till I watch the film
10:24PM on 05/15/2014
Remember the IGN grading definition: 10- 5 stars, 9- 3 Stars, 8- 2 stars, 7 through 1- Probably crap but we don't want to piss off our readers and property holders.
Remember the IGN grading definition: 10- 5 stars, 9- 3 Stars, 8- 2 stars, 7 through 1- Probably crap but we don't want to piss off our readers and property holders.
2:09PM on 05/15/2014

"Godzilla's barely in it!"

Uhhh yeah, if you've seen most of Toho's films you'd know Godzilla is not always the main character. The humans are always a huge part, hell Final Wars is literally 30 minutes of Godzilla and a hour and 30 minutes of humans. That movie is still sick because thats what MOST Godzilla movies are. As a fan, I and anyone else shouldn't expect him to be in it for all 2 hours.
Uhhh yeah, if you've seen most of Toho's films you'd know Godzilla is not always the main character. The humans are always a huge part, hell Final Wars is literally 30 minutes of Godzilla and a hour and 30 minutes of humans. That movie is still sick because thats what MOST Godzilla movies are. As a fan, I and anyone else shouldn't expect him to be in it for all 2 hours.
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5:30PM on 05/15/2014
Add that to the fact that he acknowledged Godzila was in 40 minutes of it (plus the teases). That's 1/3 the entire screentime. What did he want, a camera floating around Godzilla's head ala Chronicle?
Add that to the fact that he acknowledged Godzila was in 40 minutes of it (plus the teases). That's 1/3 the entire screentime. What did he want, a camera floating around Godzilla's head ala Chronicle?
5:37PM on 05/15/2014
Final Wars isn't a good Godilla movie, so why compare it with that one. Final Wars is notorious because it brings back every Godilla kaju, but they are just cameos. Easy cannon fodder for Godzilla who has no problem at all tearing them a new asshole. Not the best Godzilla. But I enjoyed Don Frye.
Final Wars isn't a good Godilla movie, so why compare it with that one. Final Wars is notorious because it brings back every Godilla kaju, but they are just cameos. Easy cannon fodder for Godzilla who has no problem at all tearing them a new asshole. Not the best Godzilla. But I enjoyed Don Frye.
12:02PM on 05/15/2014
What's up with all these dudes knocking the review while they haven't even seen the fucking movie?

And even if you have seen it and disagree, this is just the man's take on it, no need to be so disrespectful.
What's up with all these dudes knocking the review while they haven't even seen the fucking movie?

And even if you have seen it and disagree, this is just the man's take on it, no need to be so disrespectful.
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1:39PM on 05/15/2014
It's a no-win situation either way. He gives it a 6 and gets shit on by fanboys who think it deserves better. He gives a 9 or 10 and he gets shit on by fanboys because it's not that good. Got to have thick skin to review movies in this website!
It's a no-win situation either way. He gives it a 6 and gets shit on by fanboys who think it deserves better. He gives a 9 or 10 and he gets shit on by fanboys because it's not that good. Got to have thick skin to review movies in this website!
2:04PM on 05/15/2014
I agree with you man. It's JUST ONE MANS OPINION!

I am a Godzilla fanatic, but I don't trash somebody's opinion if I don't agree. He backed up his opinion - he just didn't say this sucks (actually he didn't even say it sucks, just not as good as he thought it would be).

Also - 6/10 is not a horrible review or anything. If he gave 3/10 I would be a bit more confused.
I agree with you man. It's JUST ONE MANS OPINION!

I am a Godzilla fanatic, but I don't trash somebody's opinion if I don't agree. He backed up his opinion - he just didn't say this sucks (actually he didn't even say it sucks, just not as good as he thought it would be).

Also - 6/10 is not a horrible review or anything. If he gave 3/10 I would be a bit more confused.
2:17PM on 05/15/2014
Exactly, he perfectly stated WHY he gave it a 6/10. So if you know that you don't give a fuck about the depth of human characters in a monster movie then you're good. For me, cardboard cutout characters are ruinous, regardless if it's a arty Euro flick or a gargantuan blockbuster.
Exactly, he perfectly stated WHY he gave it a 6/10. So if you know that you don't give a fuck about the depth of human characters in a monster movie then you're good. For me, cardboard cutout characters are ruinous, regardless if it's a arty Euro flick or a gargantuan blockbuster.
5:34PM on 05/15/2014
I remember people raving about The Host, yet when I watched it, the characters were painfully cardboard (seriously, the Olympic archer who walks around with her bow looking for a chance to redeem herself????). Reviewers pick and choose when to notice how interesting a character is.

Plus he said "Godzilla's barely in it," yet admitted that 1/3 of the movie (at least) showed him. Is 1/3 of a movie "barely" in your opinion? Cranston is in it for quite a bit, yet the reviewer claimed it was a
I remember people raving about The Host, yet when I watched it, the characters were painfully cardboard (seriously, the Olympic archer who walks around with her bow looking for a chance to redeem herself????). Reviewers pick and choose when to notice how interesting a character is.

Plus he said "Godzilla's barely in it," yet admitted that 1/3 of the movie (at least) showed him. Is 1/3 of a movie "barely" in your opinion? Cranston is in it for quite a bit, yet the reviewer claimed it was a "cameo" (which I normally think of as a single scene). If he thinks it's a 6, then fine. But if we find out this guy gave a 7 or 8 to something truly lame like ASM2, then he's full of crap.
7:52PM on 05/15/2014
I think the point is that in his mind (whether you agree or not) he feels justified in his 6/10. he gave points that yes, may be ignored in other films, but at least it's some kind of point.

Anyway, i dont trust anyones review but mine. I just like seeing what others think of a movie as long as they at least try to back up their opinion - even if i dont agree with their back up.
I think the point is that in his mind (whether you agree or not) he feels justified in his 6/10. he gave points that yes, may be ignored in other films, but at least it's some kind of point.

Anyway, i dont trust anyones review but mine. I just like seeing what others think of a movie as long as they at least try to back up their opinion - even if i dont agree with their back up.
11:54AM on 05/15/2014
Wow. I''ve read about ten reviews for the movie and this is totally opposite from them. I'm hoping this is a great movie.
Wow. I''ve read about ten reviews for the movie and this is totally opposite from them. I'm hoping this is a great movie.
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11:52AM on 05/15/2014
Well, mister B, I guess my expectations were not as high as yours. Because, although I moderately agree with most of what you said, I still enjoyed it more than a 6.
Well, mister B, I guess my expectations were not as high as yours. Because, although I moderately agree with most of what you said, I still enjoyed it more than a 6.
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11:08AM on 05/15/2014
While I have yet to see it, and being the biggest Kaiju fan I personally know, I am not that surprised by its hit or miss ways. Gareth Edwards only other film is the garishly terrible, inexplicably revered borefest "Monsters", populated by the two worst human beings this side of " ASM 2". I seriously don't get the love heaped on that, and as soon as he was annouced to helm this, I had to keep my expectations tight. Glad to see his characterizations are still shitty as ever.
While I have yet to see it, and being the biggest Kaiju fan I personally know, I am not that surprised by its hit or miss ways. Gareth Edwards only other film is the garishly terrible, inexplicably revered borefest "Monsters", populated by the two worst human beings this side of " ASM 2". I seriously don't get the love heaped on that, and as soon as he was annouced to helm this, I had to keep my expectations tight. Glad to see his characterizations are still shitty as ever.
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11:08AM on 05/15/2014
The bad part is that I have been reading reviews on other sites and they pretty much say the same thing. I know alot of folks on here like to dog this Chris Bumbray dude, but his review could be right, either way Im gonna go see the film.
The bad part is that I have been reading reviews on other sites and they pretty much say the same thing. I know alot of folks on here like to dog this Chris Bumbray dude, but his review could be right, either way Im gonna go see the film.
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12:47PM on 05/15/2014
Have you read the three reviews on comingsoon.net? Those are a good read.
Have you read the three reviews on comingsoon.net? Those are a good read.
9:30AM on 05/15/2014
..."but here's the rub; GODZILLA is barely in the movie!"... and I was expecting that! Hollywood thinks the way to make a serious version of Godzilla is not showing it. Stupid producers. Anyway, now it's clear this is the summer of X-Men. And I`m happy with it!
..."but here's the rub; GODZILLA is barely in the movie!"... and I was expecting that! Hollywood thinks the way to make a serious version of Godzilla is not showing it. Stupid producers. Anyway, now it's clear this is the summer of X-Men. And I`m happy with it!
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11:06AM on 05/15/2014
uh... Jaws worked pretty well and that was the whole concept of that (at the end of the day)
uh... Jaws worked pretty well and that was the whole concept of that (at the end of the day)
11:32AM on 05/15/2014
Yeah but Jaws had great characters, tension and heart. This has none of those.
Yeah but Jaws had great characters, tension and heart. This has none of those.
5:25PM on 05/15/2014
So what you're saying is that in comparison to Jaws, this movie is a 6? In that case I can live with it. Of course if I look up your reviews and see that you gave some other piece of crap that no one wants to see a 6 or better, than you evidently tailor your reviews around ways to get yourself attention.
So what you're saying is that in comparison to Jaws, this movie is a 6? In that case I can live with it. Of course if I look up your reviews and see that you gave some other piece of crap that no one wants to see a 6 or better, than you evidently tailor your reviews around ways to get yourself attention.
9:21AM on 05/15/2014

Hmmm...

Well Pacific Rim got a glowing review from bumbray and other then 2 action scenes and an Elba speech, that film was very dull imo. Though he could be right, I'm not here for the actors... Bring on Godzilla.
Well Pacific Rim got a glowing review from bumbray and other then 2 action scenes and an Elba speech, that film was very dull imo. Though he could be right, I'm not here for the actors... Bring on Godzilla.
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9:19AM on 05/15/2014
I'm still seeing it tonight
I'm still seeing it tonight
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9:00AM on 05/15/2014

JImmy O

Gave it 8/10 , usually more consistent in his reviews and doesn't blow his load like Chris does to some movies he gives 10/10.
Gave it 8/10 , usually more consistent in his reviews and doesn't blow his load like Chris does to some movies he gives 10/10.
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8:34AM on 05/15/2014

Man Has Bumbray forgotten how to review movies lately?

From the reviews ive read. All the actors are topnotch and that this is a major plus for the movie as the movie effectively uses the slow burn technique for the Godzilla reveal and that it wouldnt work if the characters werent solid. I have heard johnson is a bit wooden as well but that its not that big a deal. I have a feelin Bumbray just watched Pacific Rim before this and was expecting PR part 2.
From the reviews ive read. All the actors are topnotch and that this is a major plus for the movie as the movie effectively uses the slow burn technique for the Godzilla reveal and that it wouldnt work if the characters werent solid. I have heard johnson is a bit wooden as well but that its not that big a deal. I have a feelin Bumbray just watched Pacific Rim before this and was expecting PR part 2.
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11:24AM on 05/15/2014
I hardly ever agree with Bumbray but you can't be serious, 'has he forgotten how to review movies'? Maybe if his spelling and grammar was all off I could see that complaint, but you're saying just because his opinion doesn't line up with the others you've read or your own that he's suddenly 'forgotten' how to review movies? Come on man. It's an opinion. He's no more right or wrong than you are/will be.
I hardly ever agree with Bumbray but you can't be serious, 'has he forgotten how to review movies'? Maybe if his spelling and grammar was all off I could see that complaint, but you're saying just because his opinion doesn't line up with the others you've read or your own that he's suddenly 'forgotten' how to review movies? Come on man. It's an opinion. He's no more right or wrong than you are/will be.
1:56AM on 05/16/2014
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The thing is his opinion isn't valid as he had a preconceived notion of what this movie would be BEFORE seeing it. I'm not saying we need to lock away reviewers in a dark cell and only break them out for a movie then put them back in...but really...is it too much to ask to have a reviewer not interject their personal opinion when it makes no sense? He heard of other reviews, he watched the trailer, he psyched himself up and you're taking exception with folks pointing this out?
@Cochise

The thing is his opinion isn't valid as he had a preconceived notion of what this movie would be BEFORE seeing it. I'm not saying we need to lock away reviewers in a dark cell and only break them out for a movie then put them back in...but really...is it too much to ask to have a reviewer not interject their personal opinion when it makes no sense? He heard of other reviews, he watched the trailer, he psyched himself up and you're taking exception with folks pointing this out?

How can I possibly be expected to provide a decent review of say Transformers when I've read other reviews, seen the trailer and psyched myself up before hand?...
8:20AM on 05/15/2014
Despite the review, my expectations are still high for this one. I mean, I'm assuming the human characters were written better for this film then they ever were for any of the Transformer films.
Despite the review, my expectations are still high for this one. I mean, I'm assuming the human characters were written better for this film then they ever were for any of the Transformer films.
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6:56AM on 05/15/2014
so Chris Bumbray yuo went into this brilliant movie knowing nothing about it
and you obviously didnt get it. also how much did you get paid for slagging this
movie off. Sounds like you just saw the 98 piece of garbage. I bet you never
even saw godzilla 2014 did you.

i look forward to your reply Mr Bumbray
so Chris Bumbray yuo went into this brilliant movie knowing nothing about it
and you obviously didnt get it. also how much did you get paid for slagging this
movie off. Sounds like you just saw the 98 piece of garbage. I bet you never
even saw godzilla 2014 did you.

i look forward to your reply Mr Bumbray
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9:04AM on 05/15/2014
Holy crap! I'm glad I don't review movies.
Holy crap! I'm glad I don't review movies.
9:34AM on 05/15/2014
Now there are a lot of "I`m the only one that knows about Godzilla" guys defending this movie without even seen it.
Now there are a lot of "I`m the only one that knows about Godzilla" guys defending this movie without even seen it.
2:20PM on 05/15/2014
"How much did you get paid for slagging this movie off. " LMAO! How old are you dude? 2 years old?
"How much did you get paid for slagging this movie off. " LMAO! How old are you dude? 2 years old?
1:47PM on 06/17/2014
Yes slagging off. The arrow haven't you heard that expression before are you a very old man. No I'm not 2 I'm 24. And I have seen the movie bet you haven't
Yes slagging off. The arrow haven't you heard that expression before are you a very old man. No I'm not 2 I'm 24. And I have seen the movie bet you haven't
6:50AM on 05/15/2014

Best Damn Review, Ever!

If I took the words out of my head about how I feel about this movie and turned it into text, it would look EXACTLY like this review. Watched it last night and would watch it again for the last 40minutes alone, skipping everything else. Perfect review for a film that I wanted to be soooo much better.
If I took the words out of my head about how I feel about this movie and turned it into text, it would look EXACTLY like this review. Watched it last night and would watch it again for the last 40minutes alone, skipping everything else. Perfect review for a film that I wanted to be soooo much better.
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5:50AM on 05/15/2014
Cranstons role is only a cameo but he`s in all the trailers...Oh... i get it .Well done Hollywood marketing machine.
Cranstons role is only a cameo but he`s in all the trailers...Oh... i get it .Well done Hollywood marketing machine.
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6:55AM on 05/15/2014
I definitely wouldn't classify it as a cameo. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the lead and Cranston is the supporting role.
I definitely wouldn't classify it as a cameo. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the lead and Cranston is the supporting role.
5:28PM on 05/15/2014
You can tell from the snarkey way he spun things that he is looking for attention by giving it a lower than necessary review. "Godzilla is hardly in the movie".....well, unless you count the acknowledged 40 minutes at the end (plus all the other teases)......you know, 1/3 of the total screen time....

Reviewers make up their minds what they want to say to draw attention to themselves, then twist the facts to fit whatever narrative they think benefits them the most.
You can tell from the snarkey way he spun things that he is looking for attention by giving it a lower than necessary review. "Godzilla is hardly in the movie".....well, unless you count the acknowledged 40 minutes at the end (plus all the other teases)......you know, 1/3 of the total screen time....

Reviewers make up their minds what they want to say to draw attention to themselves, then twist the facts to fit whatever narrative they think benefits them the most.
10:57AM on 05/16/2014
[SPOILERS] I was thinking the same thing. He is not just prominent, but the lead actor in all the trailers. I was extremely disappointed when we were left to watch his boring-ass son a half hour in.
[SPOILERS] I was thinking the same thing. He is not just prominent, but the lead actor in all the trailers. I was extremely disappointed when we were left to watch his boring-ass son a half hour in.
5:01AM on 05/15/2014
Well I'll be IMAXing this on Saturday. Disappointed to hear about the boring characters in most reviews I've read. Still excited to see some awesome fantasy imagery though.
Well I'll be IMAXing this on Saturday. Disappointed to hear about the boring characters in most reviews I've read. Still excited to see some awesome fantasy imagery though.
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3:31AM on 05/15/2014
i still want to see this im a huge godzilla fan ever since i was a kid im just happy it didn't turn out to be another godzilla 98
i still want to see this im a huge godzilla fan ever since i was a kid im just happy it didn't turn out to be another godzilla 98
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3:04AM on 05/15/2014
I liked this a lot and I'd give it an 8. Yes, there wasn't a lot of character development, but I felt like an effort was made to give the film a plot, instead of taking the "we'll let the monsters punch each other and wing the rest" approach as the filmmakers well could have. I liked the conspiracy angle and the opening credits sequence really got me raring to watch the rest of it. Gareth Edwards does borrow many pages from the Steven Spielberg playbook (daddy issues, late monster reveal, post
I liked this a lot and I'd give it an 8. Yes, there wasn't a lot of character development, but I felt like an effort was made to give the film a plot, instead of taking the "we'll let the monsters punch each other and wing the rest" approach as the filmmakers well could have. I liked the conspiracy angle and the opening credits sequence really got me raring to watch the rest of it. Gareth Edwards does borrow many pages from the Steven Spielberg playbook (daddy issues, late monster reveal, post 9/11 disaster movie) but he uses these techniques well. Above all, I was awed. The spectacle was impressive and well-staged and I don't think the human characters were undefined or worse, annoying enough that I didn't give a damn.
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3:02AM on 05/15/2014
I think this movie follows Jaws framework a little bit. As in, we don't get to fully see the shark until the third act. I'm still gonna watch Godzilla just for the sake of popcorn monster movie fun.
I think this movie follows Jaws framework a little bit. As in, we don't get to fully see the shark until the third act. I'm still gonna watch Godzilla just for the sake of popcorn monster movie fun.
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7:20AM on 05/15/2014
yes at least you got it Netforce
yes at least you got it Netforce
7:33AM on 05/15/2014
Thanks, man.
Thanks, man.
11:34AM on 05/15/2014
Yeah but you could have never shown the shark in Jaws and it still would have been a great movie. It had great characters, tension and heart. This had none of those things. It's like watching a Transformers movie where the autobots never show up.
Yeah but you could have never shown the shark in Jaws and it still would have been a great movie. It had great characters, tension and heart. This had none of those things. It's like watching a Transformers movie where the autobots never show up.
2:43AM on 05/15/2014
This is one of the rare occasions where I might have to doubt your review, Mr. Bumbray! Obviously I haven't seen it yet, but everything I've heard and read about Godzilla leads me to believe that Edwards effectively uses the same tricks seen in Jaws or Jurassic Park: they don't blow their load by being impatient and showing off the main monster in every action scene. Of course, those classics had memorable characters to help us pass the time until the big reveals, and that doesn't seem to be
This is one of the rare occasions where I might have to doubt your review, Mr. Bumbray! Obviously I haven't seen it yet, but everything I've heard and read about Godzilla leads me to believe that Edwards effectively uses the same tricks seen in Jaws or Jurassic Park: they don't blow their load by being impatient and showing off the main monster in every action scene. Of course, those classics had memorable characters to help us pass the time until the big reveals, and that doesn't seem to be the case here unfortunately.

All I can hope for is that the 3rd act makes up for the lack of screentime for Gojira. I'll admit the early previews made this film out to be a game-changer, but if it still happens to be an entertaining early summer blockbuster about Godzilla, I'll be happy.
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11:36AM on 05/15/2014
Again though, JURRASIC PARK and JAWS both had great characters. The monsters could have never shown up and they still would have been good movies.
Again though, JURRASIC PARK and JAWS both had great characters. The monsters could have never shown up and they still would have been good movies.
5:41PM on 05/15/2014
The difference is that back in the day you had to see the movie to see the creature. Nowadays everything that can be spoiled will be spoiled. Why should Edwards hide Godzilla if every movie website has already posted a hundred pics of how he looks like.
The difference is that back in the day you had to see the movie to see the creature. Nowadays everything that can be spoiled will be spoiled. Why should Edwards hide Godzilla if every movie website has already posted a hundred pics of how he looks like.
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2:39AM on 05/15/2014
While I too felt like the human part suffered a bit, I didn't feel it was a complete loss. What I really enjoyed about Edwards version of the film is how small everyone feels. He really does make Godzilla larger than life, and the fact that he spends quite a bit of time ramping up his entrance is a testament I feel to how truly larger than life both Godzilla and the MUTO are. Because when Godzilla brings it, he really brings it. I agree there could have been more and that the human element
While I too felt like the human part suffered a bit, I didn't feel it was a complete loss. What I really enjoyed about Edwards version of the film is how small everyone feels. He really does make Godzilla larger than life, and the fact that he spends quite a bit of time ramping up his entrance is a testament I feel to how truly larger than life both Godzilla and the MUTO are. Because when Godzilla brings it, he really brings it. I agree there could have been more and that the human element could have been more compelling, but the characters are all interesting enough to me to keep the film moving. I enjoyed the scenario that Edwards gave us and the climax is worth the ticket price. Heck, I'm probably going to see this again.
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