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post #15661 of 19975

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) - 7,5

 

Wes Anderson makes an incursion in Stop motion animation with another comedy. In this fantasy, we watch an amusing open war between 3 wealthy human farmers and alpha male Mr. Fox. After stealing poultry from 3 farms to satisfy his wild beast whims, Mr. Fox and his family have to dig for their lives when faced with the farmers' vengeful fury. Fortunately, this fantasy determines that the personified animals are as smart as people and in the end sly fauna takes the upper hand over Men. Fantastic Mr. Fox is worth for the great visual beauty, for the rich characters and the very entertaining humor. Wes Anderson's steady hand in the direction and playful pathos prevents this movie from falling into mediocre territory. I would like to see substantially more facial expression from the animal characters, there were moments of emotional or otherwise persuasive agenda that didn't quite grip me as they could. Technical limitations, I suppose. Small distraction in such a colorful and lively movie. But then again, Wes' characters are never garish in their facial expressions. I was very curious to see how the director would forge his animated subjects and, unremarkably, they are not too different from live-action counterparts. Fun and beautiful animation movie, recommended.

post #15662 of 19975

Godzilla (2014): 6/10

 

A fantastic giant monster movie severely hampered by bland human characters and a grim tone. Say what you will about the humans of last year's Pacific Rim--at least they had spark. (As did the principal characters of director Gareth Edwards' previous, and superior, feature, Monsters.) Unknowns probably would have fit the roles better here--as is, we just have a lot of good actors who are criminally misused by Edwards and his screenwriters, and the grayness of the film does them no benefits. 

 

The monster sequences, on the other hand, are fantastic. Edwards elects to only let us see these giant prehistoric predators in bits and pieces before building up to their complete reveals, which works as an expectation and tension building strategy even when we're saddled with uninteresting human fodder that we're supposed to care about. Edwards also frequently frames the delightfully portly and occasionally soulful Godzilla and his fellow monsters from the point of view of us puny humans, which makes their titanic clashes all the more exhilarating. Where the giant monster fights of Pacific Rim were lovely, geeky fun, Edwards opts for a more biblical scale: shots are frequently long and are composed in an almost painterly fashion, which when coupled with the to-die-for sound design (the new Godzilla roar is a masterpiece) add up to a couple of genuinely spine-shivering moments that few effects-heavy blockbusters of recent years can match. 

 

It's just a shame that the rest of the movie (whenever the monsters aren't on screen), isn't better, which, based on the character-driven strengths of Monsters, was not a problem I was expecting this film to have. Oh well. Edwards has proven himself to be a masterful director of special effects (heads and shoulders above directors like Michael Bay) no matter the budget that he's equipped with. If the humanity of his first film was a fluke it would be a great pity--I'm holding out hope that the faults of Godzilla were a misstep, to be rectified with whatever this obviously talented visual director gets his hands on next.

post #15663 of 19975

Monsters 2 is already announced ;)

 

I don´t think it´s fair to compare to Michael Bay all he does is crap so it´s not relevant.

 

I would probably give Godzilla a 8/10. Kind of have to since I give battleship 9/10. But I did have even more fun with Battleship. Not quite as serious :)

post #15664 of 19975

Godzilla (2014): 4.5/10

 

* SPOILER WARNING *

 

You are too kind metalsonata.  The movie was mildly entertaining at best.  The action scenes were too short and too hackneyed.  Really, how many times would Godzilla let the male MUTO land on his back, and why didn't Godzilla just kill the male MUTO when he had the chance early on?  The actors were not convincing at all, and the subplots were inane.  Monarch had ONE job-- to contain the MUTO -- and their solution was a loose net of steel cables?  Are you serious?  And a train to carry a whole nuclear missile rather than a supersonic aircraft?  And all they needed was the warhead, not the entire missile.  An no one ever heard of EMP shielding?  And how is it that Ford Brody manages to be everywhere as is needed around the planet at all the opportune times?  It's small, idiotic details like this which prevent the suspension of disbelief and make the movie a disappointment.

Pacific Rim was vastly more entertaining.

Finally, this is the worst designed Godzilla yet.  He's far too overweight, and his face looks more like a gorilla than a dinosaur/lizard.  I cannot wait to see how many more issues are found when "CinemaSins" creates an "Everything wrong with..." video.

 


Edited by Chamsalot - 5/19/14 at 4:08pm
post #15665 of 19975

Is the new Godzilla better than the one from 1998? :D 

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Originally Posted by jackskelly View Post
 

Is the new Godzilla better than the one from 1998? :D 


Godzilla - Godawful.

If you went into the theatre a cretin, it would still be an insult to your intelligence. Rivaling only Pacific Rimjob for portraying the human race as complete an utter morons who deserve to be wiped off the earth.

 

Here's my idea for the next Godzilla film. He comes back to the west coast, goes south and stomps Hollywood into a fine powder, thereby ensuring that America never, makes another film.

 

Personally I think this version of the monster looks more like a St Bernard with scales than an ape.

 

Save your money watch this instead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBv94pHtJZY


Edited by Hutnicks - 5/19/14 at 10:44pm
post #15667 of 19975

Lol. It seems like I'm the only one who really likes the design of the new Godzilla. Remember, Godzilla is a 'gorilla whale--' I think this new one sort of captures that concept perfectly without looking utterly ridiculous. As for the plot--yeah, there was a lot of stupid stuff going on. I didn't bother to mention it because, let's face it, for movies like this, stupid stuff is par for the course. I didn't think it was any more or less stupid than the plot of your average superhero movie these days.

post #15668 of 19975
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Originally Posted by metalsonata View Post
 

Lol. It seems like I'm the only one who really likes the design of the new Godzilla. Remember, Godzilla is a 'gorilla whale--' I think this new one sort of captures that concept perfectly without looking utterly ridiculous. As for the plot--yeah, there was a lot of stupid stuff going on. I didn't bother to mention it because, let's face it, for movies like this, stupid stuff is par for the course. I didn't think it was any more or less stupid than the plot of your average superhero movie these days.

I think the new Godzilla was fine (design-wise). I don't get all the "fat"comments and complaints. That t-rex Godzilla in the 1998 remake inspired by the second Jurassic Park was not a Godzilla for me. I just watched the new Godzilla and I have to admit I'm not impressed. Way too much stupid stuff and pointless scenes and trying too hard to make it dramatic instead of just showing the people what they came to see - Godzilla. And the first Godzilla-Muto encounter when they just switched to the little kid watching the news was ridiculous. I was like "Come on!!! I'm paying good money to watch this movie and have to watch nonsense while this kid is watching the good stuff?". Aside from the ridiculous MUTO containment plan Ken Watanabe was the only positive character in the movie - he just wanted to see Godzilla and he wisely said "Let them fight" - behind his hate for humanity and pseudo-deep speeches he just wanted to see some action and that's exactly what I wanted too and Gareth Edwards should have listened to him. 

Godzilla (2014) - 6/10

I saw it with a friend and we had a discussion afterwards whether this or Pacific Rim was better and he insisted that Pacific Rim was way worse while I think they are about on par. Even the ending was similar.*SPOILER ALERT FOR BOTH MOVIES* In Pacific Rim you have all those robots fighting monsters and losing but the entire time they could just pull out a sword that apparently destroys even the toughest kaiju in one hit but they all had to use nonsensical tactics and guns instead. In Godzilla you have this blue flame/laser that Godzilla could have used all along and probably could have taken the flying Muto even mid-air. 

And yeah, Cloverfield got so many bad reviews and no one I know likes it and they all think it was awful but I still enjoyed it more the Pacific Rim and the new Godzilla.


Edited by kova4a - 5/20/14 at 11:16am
post #15669 of 19975

Pacific Rimjob, Battlefield Earth and now Godzilla are pretty much the trifecta of worse sci fi films of the modern era.

 

Rimjob suffered not so much from the sword thing as from the fact that they knew exactly where the portal was  and could have just dropped a nuke down there and remote detonated it everytime something tried to come through.

 

They need to preface these films with opening credits like. "In an alternate universe where mankind has not yet achieved an IQ of 40, the following events took place"

post #15670 of 19975
"Pacific Rimjob!"

Ahh, one of Kitten Natividad's best films. (Remember it well, do I.)
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post #15672 of 19975

Interesting...seems like you guys were really disappointed in Godzilla, but it's holding strong with both critics and consumers according to rottentomatoes.com. 

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Originally Posted by Focker View Post
 

Interesting...seems like you guys were really disappointed in Godzilla, but it's holding strong with both critics and consumers according to rottentomatoes.com. 

Nah, I'm not really disappointed. It's probably more an issue with the hype surrounding the movie and it just didn't live up to the expectations created by all the teasers and advertising. It's not such a bad movie. I just checked my watch once or twice during the screening and mainly coz I was wondering "Where the hell is Godzilla?"and not as much because I was that bored. Nothing like what I experience during the first Hobbit movie, for instance, when I was just checking my watch every 5 minutes and thinking of a ton of better things I could do with my time instead.

Nah, it just tried a bit too hard to be a drama but the characters and their story weren't really that interesting and there were a lot of pointless scenes instead of just showing is Godzilla do its stuff. The new Godzilla is far from being in the same category as something like Battlefield Earth, which not only doesn't have anything in common with Godzilla but belongs to a whole different category of movies - "the ridiculously bad", although I have to admit I've watched Battlefield Earth more than once through the years :biggrin:

Anyway, as I said Godzilla wasn't that bad but it could have been great. Some people can argue about certain stuff in the movie but some things can sorta be explained with some logic and a sprinkle of imagination. Now, that whole "right place, right time"thing that the main character had going throughout the movie was a bit of a stretch but hey that still beats ridiculous movies like Skyfall, which I don't think I say it enough, is easily the worst big budget movie I've seen in the past 15 years and the most ridiculous thing is that movie got so much praise from the critics, so if Skyfall can get such reviews and scores I don't see why Godzilla can't - it's a lot better movie.


Edited by kova4a - 5/20/14 at 4:08pm
post #15674 of 19975

LOL

post #15675 of 19975

Where do they find these people?

 

Wolfs of Wall Street. Sadly it just felt to exhaggerated but then it´s an old story so I suppose it would feel less original if it was more serious and realistic. Have no idea why they want to do the "based on true story" thingie though. 6/10.

 

American Hustle same type or?

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