As a film, Godzilla is perfectly adequate. But that’s the nicest thing I can say about it. It’s always disappointing when a breakthrough director like Gareth Edwards catches the eye of a big studio only to be hired for rote product. Big blockbusters like this tend to swallow filmmakers whole and render them more or less anonymous (see also: J.J. Abrams‘s Star Trek, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim). Edwards’s Monsters was a distinctive movie with real characters and story. His Godzilla is more expensive, but less of a movie. There’s nothing in it we haven’t seen a million times before.
Dir. Christopher Nolan
(2010, PG-13, 148 min)
★ ★ ★ ★
I want to go swimming in this movie. Inception is so full of imagination, of visual and narrative invention, of filmmaking verve, and yet with a strong emotional thread that pulls us through its labyrinth of consciousness, that I want to luxuriate in it for hours. I can’t say for sure after one viewing whether all its dots connect, but I was increasingly spellbound the deeper I went, and when it’s over there are tantalizing mysteries left to uncover. Its possibilities — and the possibilities under its possibilities — may be limitless.