A new month and hopefully some well deserved free time for this wee lady following a busy few weeks. How best to celebrate? Well… how about we start off with another of our trans-Atlantic shared film reviews with our fellow Asian film fanatic Stephen over at Gweilo Ramblings? Yep… now that’s just the ticket… 😉 Our film choice for this time out? Well how about we skip our usual cozy DVD-at-home for an evening out at the real cinema and a quick look at the recent Americanized reboot of an old monster movie classic, “Godzilla”? Giant monsters… army guys fighting said giant monsters… lots of crazy destruction and mayhem to be had by all. Hehehe.… and they even do it all with mostly English dialog to boot. My sweet Carolyn will be soooo happy… 🙂
Not sure “Godzilla” is really a method of celebration! But thanks for welcoming me back to the Litterbox. Now this one is a film I was somewhat suspicious about. The trailers didn’t look hopeful, but I knew the director had a lot of genre love for monster movies. But for me – could it beat that one scene in “Pacific Rim”? Anyway, how about you give us a little cat girl-styled synopsis?
Let’s see… our synopsis goes like this here: “In Japan, dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody reports to work at the plant with his wife Sandra, who works in the reactor, where not all is well. Joe has begun to suspect that some recent suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates and is actually a grave threat to the plant itself. Once there, a freak earthshock causes the plant to go into meltdown and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, dying literally before Joe’s eyes. Following the disaster a massive cover-up ensues. Fifteen years later, Joe’s son Ford has grown up and become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle and their son Sam when he gets word that his father been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who was written off as a conspiracy theorist nutcase for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something about the earlier disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail. Once there, he is drawn into his father’s obsession and reluctantly agrees to join him in traveling to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientist Dr. Ichiro Serizawa is studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror those of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has also awoken a towering, godlike leviathan dubbed “Godzilla”, that has lain dormant for decades, and may be mankind’s only hope for restoring the balance of nature.”
Ok … sounds like it’s a pretty basic plot. So then, there’s no possible way they could screw this up, right? Weeeelll… don’t forget… we Americans have tried this before. (At least this time they haven’t invited Matthew Broderick to the party…. Thank goodness…) So with that in mind, let’s all see how it plays out shall we? Grab your popcorn… 😉
Maybe best not to waste too much time on the last effort by Hollywood. That was an awful disappointment!