Film Review: Godzilla

Posted on by 5WC in Film

After such an impressive debut with the multi layered and thought provoking Monsters, Gareth Edwards returns with a bigger budget and more responsibility as he is charged with reawakening a cinematic legend in Godzilla. And sadly, for me at least it failed to live up to the standards set by Edwards’ original extraterrestrial visitors.

Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate Godzilla, there are parts to like and admire in this film – as I shall explain – but I think that throughout the film it becomes more and more obvious that the talents Edwards unquestionably has for film making are diluted and lost when you scale things up. I really don’t want to use a football analogy but it’s very much like the lower league manager who builds a huge reputation only to fail in the top leagues as it’s one step too far.
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Film Review: Monsters

Posted on by 5WC in Film

With Gareth Edwards having literally just unleashed the world’s most famous lizard back onto the big screen and therefore, a potential cinema trip in the planning, it seemed to make sense to revisit his original work and remember how talent and a solid idea are more important than any budget, special effect or title character.

Essentially Monsters is your typical end of the world, the monsters have arrived and taken over story involving infected zones and quarantined areas and a distinct lack of humans within. However, while most films stick to the traditional story based around the “here and now” and man’s attempt for survival – 28 Days Later, District 9, Cloverfield, even Independence Day – Monsters looks further down the road, Monsters in it’s simplest form asks two¬†questions – what happens after the monsters have become established? And how do we coexist?
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