Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Monsters (2010) was such a unique film that following it was always going to be difficult.  It took a fantastic subject and made it background, war and suffering as white noise whilst we go about our lives.  Something exotic.  Monsters: Dark Continent places war in the foreground and the interest is lost as the metaphor is so pronounced that why don’t you just make a film about the thing you are making a film about?

…but it still retains some of the original’s wonder and otherness.  It still feels different.  That’s enough sometimes.



Film: Godzilla (2014)

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Okay, so what’s good about Godzilla is that it is a Godzilla movie.  It’s not trying to reinvent the wheel but it does put all the pieces together in the correct order.  It also delivers a number of stunning set-pieces along the way, including a dazzling HALO jump to Ligeti’s Requiem, and director Gareth Edwards retains the visual sense that made Monsters (2010) such a treat.  I watched it in 3D but can’t see that it matters either way.

It’s a good Godzilla movie and a good time in the cinema.