Friday, September 5, 2014

Transformers meets AVP


Producers: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and others
Director: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, CJ Adams, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and others
Pros: Excellent SFX, good ending
Cons: Bad cinematography
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

Are we at the end of creativity? Has humanity exhausted all its gifts and is now forced to recycle old ones? Well, it certainly seems so. Not because of the fact that this is yet another movie of the same name as its previous edition, not because it is another unnecessary sequel, but because this movie is essentially a blend of Transformers and AVP - that's where we have gotten, merging two movies and naming it after a third.

Still, Godzilla was not all that bad - the story was quite interesting, at least in the beginning, and although it became unbearable in the middle, the ending somewhat redeemed it. After all, I never imagined a room full of people cheering for Godzilla! The real strength of the movie was the special effects, much like Transformers in that sense, and not merely because most of the Bay Area and Honolulu were torn apart and bombed to rubble. The MUTOs and Godzilla were well-envisioned, while the human component was just about good enough.

The real problem with this movie is in the cinematography - with two MUTOs around, it is extremely difficult to make any sense of who is fighting whom (what?). Even the fact that only one of the MUTOs can fly dawns quite close to the ending. For some reason, the fighting only seems to be at night, while the gigantic creatures seem to evade all detection in the bright sunlight during the day. Clearly, this was a director who was a little too enthusiastic to up the ante for his audience and that is precisely where the movie fails. In fact, in that respect, it is closest of all to Transformers 4: too many things happening at the same time!

Not greatly recommended, but not that bad either. (OTFS)

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