Godzilla

Genre convention is all well and good, and this latest adaptation of Godzilla has all that crap, the big monsters stomping on stuff and knocking skyscrapers down and causing tsunamis and eating radiation tanks (what). But none of it justifies stranding its actors, an uncommonly good cast for something as thankless as this: Juliette Binoche as The Doomed One; Bryan Cranston as The Crazy Scientist Who Has Seen It All and Lost Too Much; Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Son with His Own Family Now; Ken Wantanbe and Sally Hawkins as Exposition Scientist and Furrowed Brow Scientist; David Strathairn as Army Guy and Elizabeth Olsen is The Hero’s Wife. Godzilla wakes up at the same time as his mortal enemy, a bat-looking thing, which is looking for its mate, to knock it up. Ruh-roh! The US army decides to lure them out to sea and kill them all. Cool. A weird thing is that the internet doesn’t exist, even though Olsen has an iPhone, so when they’re looking for the monsters you think they’d just check Twitter but they don’t. —Tara Thorne

Credits

Director:

  • Gareth Edwards

Cast:

  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Juliette Binoche
  • Sally Hawkins
  • David Strathairn
  • Bryan Cranston

Writers:

  • Max Borenstein
  • Frank Darabont
  • Dave Callaham

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