Action/Adventure 123 May 16, 2014
But it's just one tiny beat in an otherwise way-too-big movie that, weirdly, doesn't give us enough of the one big guy we showed up to see in the first place. Instead, we get massive, elaborate sets -- of destroyed cities, of caves, of nuclear-reactor innards -- that could be anywhere but look like nowhere. The action jumps from the Philippines circa 1999, where scientists investigate weird formations in a cave, to Japan around the same time, and then to the present day, where we might be in Hawaii, San Francisco, or anywhere in between at any given time -- it's hard to keep track, or to care.
Godzilla is one of those generic blockbusters that's undone by spectacle: Everything is so gargantuan that nothing has any weight. This Godzilla, no matter how cool his fire breath is, can't live up to the monster of our dreams. That one we still call Gojira.