Since 1954, “Godzilla” has remained a popular cinematic monster character, debuting every decade to a new generation from the 1970s until present day.
Warner Bros. has thrown a lot of money at sophomore director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters,”) who brings this bombastic and loud film to the IMAX screen. Like most Hollywood remakes, it’s a darker, more sinister version than what we have seen in the past. Sprinkled with lots of talent, including Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient”) and nominees Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) and Ken Watanabe (“Inception”,) the actors do very little to infuse the monster film with the type of life it needs. The ingredients in “Godzilla” are far too obvious and reflective of recent films, but it does slightly rise above last year’s big, dumb monster destruction film “Pacific Rim.”