Monthly Archives: May 2014

The King is back – Godzilla review

WARNING!!! There may be some spoilers ahead, so tread carefully!!!

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Okay, so…. basically, I only have one thing to say about this movie; Holiest of ginormous shits on the biggest God damn stick humanity has ever seen! Godzilla – for the first time ever, in HUGE! Yeah, that’s right….

So we all know (one would hope) who Godzilla is by now, but for the few that don’t, here’s a quick recap on his history; Godzilla, or Gojira, is a giant Daikaiju (Japanese for ‘strange creature’) from the titular Tokusatsu film-series. He made his first appearance in the neatly titled film Gojira from 1954, and has since popped up in no less than 31 films (including the poorly executed 1998-version). As he continuously fights other creatures (including King f*n Kong), he’s been crowned the ‘King of Monsters’…. there, now you know enough, back to the movie!

The teasing material we got before its release didn’t show much, but what we did see was none other than Heisenberg himself, Bryan Cranston. Why did we see him in the trailer? Well, because he’s a big name in the industry right now, and the execs knew that his face would draw a crowd. Did he appear in the movie? Well, yeah…. of course he did, but not as much as one would think. The part he plays could just as easily have been played by any male actor over 50, no doubt. But with that said, the job he did with the part he had was brilliant.

Another thing they teased in the trailers was another monster, or… was it another monster? That’s the thing about the teasers, it could just as easily have been something else, but yeah… there was another monster(s), but that was kinda expected anyway, seeing as the King usually fights someone “his own size”. And while we’re on the subject of other monsters. I’ve heard/read other reviews of the movie and most of them seem to have the same idea on that other monster. They all seem to compare it to the Cloverfield-giant, and where I can see Why they make that comparison, I’m not on the same page. To me, it looked more like an enormous insect and I’m very pleased with their execution (no, not the way they died, the way they were done).

But how about the backstory? ‘Cause every monster movie needs a solid backstory, if it is to be at all convincing…. you know, if we’re to think that something like this could Actually happen in real life. Well, I’ll tell’ya. Instead of going with the “We have created a monster with nuclear radiation”-angle, they gave us a story of ancient giant creatures who lived long before the dinosaurs, when the earth was far more radioactive than it is today, who fed on that same radiation, thus consuming it, making it habitable for other species. I bought it. No, I actually did. Again, the execution was perfect and If one were to believe that giant Kaiju were to exist, this would probably have been a like scenario for it. But how did they come back? Well, that’s for you to find out in the movie, I think.

The main (human) character, however, Ford Brody (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a soldier trying to get home to his wife and son. He was what you could compare to Matthew Broderick’s character in the 1998 film. Sure, they played kind of a big part in the story ‘n all, but in retrospect, well….. nah, I enjoyed watching Kick-Ass do something other than pretending to do something for a change. Basically, the character was a showcase for Taylor-Johnson more than an essential character, I think, but they made it work and the movie is what it is with him in it. He did a great job though, Johnson, and one thing’s for sure. Other than his upcoming stint in the Avengers-sequel, I guarantee that he WILL be a household name in the near future!

One thing that people started discussing almost immediately after the news of a new Godzilla-film were being made… was his appearance. How would he look? Will they redeem themselves from that so-called -98 fiasco? Well, take a look for yourselves.
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In the picture above, he depicted from his first 1954 appearance, the 1998 ‘Zilla-version and his latest suit, the Legendary/Toho King and as you can see, much have changed. He has gone through some immense changes over the years (which can be expected, of course) and personally, I would say that after that -98 look, where he looks like a mutated Velociraptor (yeah, the door-opening dudes from Jurassic Park), they kinda took it back to formula but still kept it Hollywood enough and personally, I’m very pleased with the end result. He looked badass!

As for the movie itself, I went in with little to no expectations of it staying true to the classics we’ve all come to love and I went out Very VERY satisfied! The very first time we got to see the King full force, he put up his hands(?) almost like a ‘Come at me, bro!’ pose and when he let off that high pitched scream… I got shivers running all over my spine and back. God damn, if I didn’t feel like a little kid on Christmas morning!! And oh my lord, the monster fights. Dude, it was like looking at a Vin Diesel vs. Dwayne Johnson-rumble of Kaiju proportions….. with a tag-team addition.

But now, as I went straight to work with this review after seeing the movie, I am going to wind myself down and watch something that doesn’t make my heart stomp out of my chest.

As a final conclusion to this review, I give this Legendary/Toho Godzilla the Tango’s Stamp of Approval with a touch of crispy bacon weave on the side!! That means GO SEE THE DAMN MOVIE, you twinky!!!

Until next time…..

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‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ ?

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I have  to  give you Something on the subject…. and the subject at hand is; The ‘Man of Steel’ “sequel” (and I use that word lightly here) has officially been given a title, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
As a final nail in the coffin for this to be an actual sequel, the use of the word ‘Justice’ in the title only confirms that this isn’t and never will be a sequel to an existing movie, but a prelude to an upcoming one…. and what do I think about this? Well…. I think it’s atrocious the way the handle the entire situation, but the only thing that really makes me feel this way, is that they’re still calling it a ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, which I think they should STOP doing right now, and just call it what it is. It’s a Justice League movie, so why don’t they just call it ‘Dawn of Justice’ and leave out that whole Batman V Superman-part completely!

There you have it, my thoughts on the subject. What do YOU think? Let me know in the comment section, if you please! More goodies to come, but until then…. well, you know the drill.

 


Much ado about randoms III

It’s getting to be that time again, where I give you some thoughts on random subjects I’ve been thinking about of late. So what shall we think about first? Maybe about how the entire world were saying that Ben Affleck would make a terrible Batman? Sure, let’s talk about that for a bit…

As most of you probably already know, we were treated with a first look a while back…. which gives us a clear look on what Batman (and the Batmobile) would look like. Personally, I got the biggest nerd-boner when I saw it, because it just looked awesome, simple as that. It was awesome!

Ben Affleck Batman first lookLook at that and tell me you disagree with me …. I dare you! Well yeah sure, he looks great… but can he give us the portrayal we’ve come to expect from a dark Knight? Im pretty damn sure that he can. After all, it wasn’t his portrayal of Daredevil that took that movie down, and if anyone of you’ve seen State of Play, The Town or … well, Smokin’ Aces, you know that he’s a good, if not great, actor and I’m absolutely convinced that he won’t let us down!

Secondly, and I think I’m gonna keep it in the Superhero-genre a while, we were treated with the first (extended, no less) trailer for the upcoming CW series Flash. When we first got to meet this new Barry Allen in Arrow, my hype grew to enormous proportions, because not only was Grant Gustin the perfect choice for our speedy hero when it comes to looks, but he also managed to convince me with his personality on the show that he was in fact the right man for the job.
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Much like Andrew Garfield was a great Peter Parker, Grant Gustin will be a great Barry Allen. And if the show will be even half as good as Arrow, we are guaranteed not to be disappointed. And the suit looks awesome too, I think. Take a look at the trailer right here;

Gal Gadot first lookThirdly, I wanna drop a few thoughts on all these “first looks” we’re getting from everywhere nowadays. A few days back, we got some “first looks” of Gal Gadot in the upcoming “Man of Steel 2″ and they seem to think that someone cares? I seriously couldn’t care less about Gal as Diana Prince, so why the hell would I give a damn if they show us Gal in a blue dress? Give us a first look at her as Wonder Woman and you have my attention. She could be wearing a blue dress in anything, even in her spare time, so why would they give us that? And it was all blurry too. Google her name and you’ll find a better, more interesting picture, no doubt!

Lastly, I thought I’d throw something Godzilla-related your way. No, I haven’t seen the film yet, so it won’t be about that. BUT…. we got the news the other day, that there is already a sequel in the works, and I can’t help but to ask “Why”?! I mean, can they at least give us a few years to digest the one we got. But no, movies today is all about the money, isn’t it…. it doesn’t matter that the films itself loose quality, and I’m buggin’ out about that! Please, give us sequels that’s as good as its predecessor, so you don’t have to reboot the entire franchise just a few years later!

Well, that’s enough about stuff today. I think I’m gonna take a shower now, ’cause I’m practically sweating my balls of in this heat! More goodies to come soon, but until then….. I don’t know, think of something clever for me to end with and drop it in the comment-section! Buh-bye!