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Review: Godzilla

Godzilla_Poster1“Godzilla” is a little light on fully realized human characters, but what does that matter when you’ve got a 350-foot monster with an astonishing amount of fight and resolve to root for?  

When a mine collapses in the Philippines, Dr. Ishiro Serizawa and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins) come to check out what’s left behind and are shocked to find the radioactive remains of something inexplicably large. Well north in Japan, they’re feeling the effects of whatever rattled that mine, but only in the form of small tremors so Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) can’t get his colleagues at the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant to sound the alarms until its way too late. Fifteen years later, Joe is still obsessed with figuring out what leveled the plant while his son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), does what he can to help him move on so he can finally leave the past behind and spend some time with his young grandson. However, Ford is forced to reconsider his father’s priorities when he comes face-to-face with the culprit Joe’s been chasing for years himself.

If you’ve seen “Monsters,” you know that Gareth Edwards knows how to make a monster movie, and on a minimal budget at that. Edwards undoubtedly had far more to work with with Warner Bros. backing his sophomore effort, but “Godzilla” still exhibits an exceptional attention to detail, suggesting Edwards rolled into this one with that same respect for stunning imagery, tangible performances and powerful story beats that he had when he was trying to do a lot, but with very little.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

They_Came_TogetherThe second trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an improvement, but for someone who’s been eager for a new live-action Ninja Turtles movie since the early ’90s, I expected that seeing the gang back on-screen and in a real-world setting would have had a more exhilarating effect. There are strong moments and visuals here, so perhaps the problem is weak editing more than anything else, and if that is the case, the film’s marketing campaign has a whole three months to fix it. But for now, Ninja Turtlesmust forgo trailer top honors and defer to six others more worthy of the title.

1. They Came TogetherIf A Haunted House and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer expired your patience for spoof movies, try to hang on for just one more go because based on this new trailer, it looks as though They Came Together has a fresh spin on satire that could be worth your while. Not only is the movie loaded with top-notch talent, but the material also bears a more honest, textured quality that grounds the jokes more so than most.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

GodzillaThe new international trailer for Deliver Us from Evil is undeniably unnerving, but the core concept of the film isn’t presented quite clear enough to make the eeriness of the material stick with you after the promo ends. If we learned anything from Sinister, it’s that director Scott Derrickson knows exactly how to etch especially creepy imagery and concepts into your mind, but for now, three other films make a more powerful impression through their promos.

The Best Stuff

1. Godzilla

You can’t really judge a film by its promo material, but based on what we’ve seen of Godzillathus far, it just has to be good, right? Like its predecessors, this brand new extended look at the film is absolutely brimming with stunning visuals and honest drama. How could action sequences and performances this strikingly bold make sure an impression in just two minutes and 30 seconds and not intensify in the context of a full feature?

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Peanuts_MovieThis was a very good week for movie trailers. So good, in fact, that this iteration of the column requires a lengthier intro. Even though three trailers earned the top spots, there are four others that deserve to be seen, too.

Noteworthy Newcomers

Maleficent blows its narrative wide open with its latest promo, hinting that the title character could have an antihero quality. We’ve also got a brand new international piece for Godzillaand even though much of the material comes from previous promos, this one does have elements that will enhance your perspective, adding to the thrill. The Boxtrolls got a new trailer as well, and even though the promotional campaign is still steering clear of story details, this one does delve a little deeper by revealing the Boxtroll lore. Last up for the noteworthy newcomers that couldn’t quite crack The Best Stuff is our first look at the Peanuts movie. The first part of this piece was screened at CinemaCon last year, but now, 20th Century Fox has added an interaction between Charlie Brown and Snoopy that’s both highly nostalgic and will absolutely warm your heart.

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Perri’s Coverage of SXSW 2014

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_SacramentThis time next month, hopefully Best and Worst Movie Trailers of the Week will be filled with turtle power. Producer Galen Walker just revealed that the very first teaser trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Ninja Turtles will hit theaters ahead of Captain America: The Winter Solider on April 4. We’ve still got at least a full month until the piece pops up online, but fortunately there are three excellent trailers currently making the rounds that you can catch right now.

The Best Stuff

1. The Sacrament

I was a bit disappointed when the first trailer for Ti West’s The Sacrament hit just minutes after submitting this column last week, but fortunately a green-band version has arrived and even though it’s missing a few gory details, it’s just as effective, which is a very good sign for the full feature. Clearly blood will flow but, as it should, a compelling narrative comes first.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

GodzillaPerhaps I’m still having a tough time shaking off Cloud Atlas, but while this first teaser for the Wachowskis’ follow-up, Jupiter Ascending, does look interesting, it still falls short of proving its worth trying to wrap your head around the narrative. Of course it’s only a teaser, so hopefully the progression of the marketing campaign will come with an effective build, but for now, the Best Stuff spots belong to three other upcoming releases.

The Best Stuff

1. Godzilla

Even though Godzilla is one of the most iconic creatures in pop-culture history, the first trailer for Gareth Edwards’ version feels exceptionally thoughtful and fresh. Not only is the imagery and sound design absolutely stunning, but this piece forgoes an overdose of widespread destruction and takes the time to deliver an impeccable build — and it’s the success of that build that makes the reveal of Edwards’ monster especially chilling.

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