Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Entertainment

May 29, 2014

'Godzilla' is a monster movie for another era

FROM THE DEN AT WOLF THEATRES — In limiting the screen time of his titular monster, “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards shows an understanding that movies, no matter how big their creatures, no matter how flashy and eye-popping their effects, always boil down to story.

Story, in turn, always revolves on character; and although Godzilla is certainly an inherently interesting creation – evidenced by his big-screen persistence since 1954 – he’s no leading man.

As a result, we don’t see the big scaly lug until an hour into the two-hour film. In his place, we have Bryan Cranston, playing Joe Brody, a nuclear engineer living with his family in Japan and working as supervisor of Janjira nuclear power plant. The year is 1999 and strange things are happening beneath the ground upon which Janjira lies.

Government officials are satisfied that normal seismic activity is to blame for the strange readings and earthquakes being experienced at and around the plant (Japan IS situated along Earth’s ‘Ring of Fire,’ earthquake hot zone, after all), but not Brody.

When Brody’s wife, Sandra (Juliette Binoche) – who also works at the plant – is killed in an explosion caused by the same abnormal seismic activity, ultimately forcing the plant’s closure, Joe Brody becomes obsessed with uncovering the real reason behind the disaster. That obsession takes a serious toll on Joe’s relationship with his son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Joe’s answers come 15 years after the initial disaster in the form of a gigantic, prehistoric winged monster that feeds off radiation. Turns out, the winged creature is part of a set of such creatures, with the female being wingless and quite pregnant. Enter Godzilla, the only inhabitant on Earth who can save the human race.

“Godzilla” isn’t a terrible movie and Edwards, along with screenwriter Max Borenstein, goes to significant lengths to prevent this film from being hijacked by digitized hijinks and assorted creatures. While “Godzilla” DOES indeed boast a modestly involving, character-centric story, in the end, Edwards’ and Borenstein’s efforts are largely for naught, with the characters ceding the stage and becoming helpless spectators as Godzilla battles the evil, radiation-feeding horrors that are bent on propagating the globe with baby radiation-feeding horrors.

Text Only
Entertainment
  • nws-gb072614-book review pic 1 Review: Supersurvivors by David B. Feldman, PhD & Lee Daniel Kravetz You’re not sure if you’ll ever recover.The loss of job or a business. The loss of a lifelong dream. The loss of your health or the life of someone you love. Without a doubt, you’ll never be the same. It’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • New arrivals at library Translation to XTAGS failed

    July 25, 2014

  • "Hercules" movie poster Movie preview: “Hercules”

    Plot: Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Lucy" movie poster Movie preview: “Lucy”

    Plot: Writer/director Luc Besson helms this action-thriller that tracks a woman who falls prey to sinister underworld forces, but gains superhuman abilities that allow her to strike back at her oppressors.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent-gb072414-movie wolf apes dawn - pic Latest 'Apes' flick is monkey as metaphor FROM THE DEN AT WOLF THEATRES — At its core, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a fable about the human condition that evinces thoughtful, subtle influences from a slightly unexpected source: George Orwell’s 1945 novel “Animal Farm.”Of course, with

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent-gb072414 Movie Boys review jpg Begin Again is nice counter to endless summer blockbusters With Andy still on sabbatical, I’ll be taking a solo look this week at an anti-blockbuster-type of movie. Begin Again (R) stars Mark Ruffalo as a down-and-out New York music executive who stumbles into a bar and coincidentally hears an ingénue singer

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ent-gb072414 Colts kickoff concert pic Colts are hosting their free Back to Football Kickoff Concert The Colts will host their Kickoff Concert Presented by Verizon on Friday, September 5, in Downtown Indianapolis. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Grammy Award winning artist Blues Traveler, performers of the smash hits “R

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • :Sex Tape" movie poster Movie preview: “Sex Tape”

    Plot: Though they’re still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion for Jay and Annie. To spice up their relationship, they decide to make a home video of themselves.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "Planes: Fire and Rescue" movie poster Movie preview: “Planes: Fire and Rescue”

    Plot: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • "The Purge: Anarchy" movie poster Movie preview: “The Purge: Anarchy”

    Plot: A defenseless young couple find themselves stranded in the city on the one night of the year that all crime, including murder, is legal, in this self-contained sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo