I’m on a serious kaiju kick right now, so if anyone else loves The Big Boys & Girls, I would love to chat!
Shin Godzilla was my favorite movie of last year, and I have scoured the internet for info about a US home video release, to no avail. I just watched the 1954 original for the first time, which gave it some interesting context. Much of Shin Godzilla’s “meeting” structure was present in the original, but really turned up to eleven for the reboot. I thought the farce of jumping from meeting to meeting was hilarious. And the goofiness of Godzilla’s early mutations was a welcome change of pace.
Kong: Skull Island was super fun. I think it was the first example I’ve seen of an action movie clearly influenced by Mad Max: Fury Road, and I hope we see more of that. Yes, the tone was muddled, and none of the characters had any sort of growth, but Kong sure punched those helicopters and Sam Jackson sure was angry.
Colossal is still nagging at me, mostly because I was one of four friends that seemed to like it at all. Its metaphor is hard to piece together, and there are some definite pacing problems (could’ve lost that whole “fireworks” scene). But I like that they went there, as far as alcoholism and abuse, and the ending was pretty creative, mechanically. Totally unexpected.
I’ll close out by saying that Cloverfield is probably one of my top 10 favorite movies, so fight me??