Godzilla – Radio Film Review

Yep, GODZILLA is still King of the Monsters (and a helluva tourist attraction).

Yep, GODZILLA is still King of the Monsters (and a helluva tourist attraction).

Turns out maintaining a presence in the social network only makes life more complex for a film critic. I had to delay my viewing of GODZILLA ’til Sunday, meantime trying to avoid the various hosannas and the occasional nay-say (not to mention Steve Biodrowski’s own in-depth analysis) being splattered all over Facebook, Twitter, etc. An impossible task, actually, and I went into the theater a little anxious over whether what little feedback had filtered through to me was somehow going to skew my reaction, for good or ill.

Happily, I was well pleased with GODZILLA. Not staggered, no, but grateful that director Gareth Edwards managed to pay homage to the history of the franchise while adding some crucial elements to the exercise, elements that I explore in my review for WBAI 99.5FM’s HOUR OF THE WOLF. Click the player to hear what I had to say.

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About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

2 Responses to “ Godzilla – Radio Film Review ”

  1. Great work.

    Except for contradicting yourself at the end: Edwards’ understanding of the greater theme makes GODZILLA “more than the sum” of its effects scenes, but the film is “nothing more” than two hours of monster candy?

  2. I don’t want anyone to presume that there are deeper, revelatory themes to GODZILLA– not even on the level of MONSTERS. Edwards’ goal is to deliver a big-ass monster mash, and that’s what the film is. But I think what makes the film such an entertaining experience is Edwards using those themes to ground the action and make it something the audience can connect with. As I say at the end, it’s smarter monster candy, and I don’t sniff at that.

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