Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Criticism of the 2014 Godzilla movie

People always complain how Hollywood produces nothing more than mindless action flicks for the masses. They are dumb, they have no subtlety, they have no depth... just mindless action for 90 minutes.

Then they decided to make the new Godzilla movie better. Rather than just 2 hours of mindless action, it would be subtler. It would build suspense and intrigue, it would hint rather than show, it would have a deeper plot... In other words, it would be smarter than your average action-packed mindless action flick.

And of course people complain. There is no pleasing them. If they make a mindless action flick, they complain. If they make a smarter and subtler action flick, they complain. Nothing is ever good.

They complained that the 1998 Godzilla film was too stupid. Now they complain that the 2014 Godzilla film is not stupid enough. I think that it's the people who are stupid here.

Personally I love the new Godzilla movie precisely because of its subtlety. They could have gone the easy route of making a typical 1-hour "discovery of the monster" movie followed by a 1-hour endless fighting sequence. Instead, they made something more suspenseful, subtler and smarter, and that's precisely why I liked it so much.

The people who complain about it not being dumb enough can shut up and go watch the 1998 version.

1 comment:

  1. My kids and I saw it last weekend and I thought it was a great movie.