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GODZILLA (2014) – My rating: 7.5/10

GodzillaFor some reason, Japan and the US has had a long term affair with Godzilla or the idea of a Godzilla.  There have been several movies dedicated to Godzilla, each holding it’s own merits.  This Godzilla has the best special effects I’ve seen since Avatar.  Since this is a fantasy, the plot can be as outrageous as Hollywood can make it.  If I were naming this movie, it would be called Godzilla vs Alien Praying Mantis.  Unexpectedly, Godzilla turned out to be the hero and the bad guy.  A lovely family consisting of a husband, wife and son become casualties of a cataclysmic phenomenon.  Actually the son and father survive.  The movie picks up 15 years later when the son, Ford Brody, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson is grown and dad Joe Brody played by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad’s Walter White) is presumed crazy.    Once we really get into this story, it’s all over the place.  Since there are quite a few creatures, we are taken to many different locations that are being attacked.  Ford has a wife and son who he is trying to get back to with the hopes of keeping them safe.  Interestingly, the Japanese doctor played by Ken Watanabe, had the same look on his face throughout the entire movie.  He looked shock and disturbed at all times.  I think he was always in think mode and that was how he expressed that emotion.  Just when you think the movie is over, we get a surprise twist.  Godzilla didn’t quite come together the way I wanted it to but it held it’s own.  I was entertained and as I said the special effects were awesome.  If you’re going to see Godzilla, see it on the big screen.  Godzilla 2014 is definitely better than Godzilla 1998 which was a disaster of a film starring Matthew Broderick.

SAVING MR. BANKS (2014) – My rating: 8.0/10

SavingMrBanksSaving Mr. Banks was brilliantly done.  It’s my understanding that Pamela L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins and played by Emma Thompson, would not allow her beloved Mary Poppins to be remade so the Disney studios decided to make Saving Mr. Banks, a story about how the original creation of the film came about.  Mrs. Travers, as she liked to be called, was quite eccentric and held her character, Mary Poppins, near and dear to her heart.  The story was based on her family and was mostly dedicated to her father who died at the young age of 43 from influenza.  Her father was also a heavy drinker who was demoted from a Bank Manager to a Bank Clerk.  Their relationship was very close and his dead was devastating.  Saving Mr. Banks nicely parallels P. L. Travers’ later life and her childhood.  Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks,  incorporated a little of his father’s history in the Mr. Banks character by adding a mustache that Mrs. Travers didn’t want.  Disney spent 20 years trying to get the rights from P. L. Travers to film Mary Poppins before she finally gave in.  Pamela Travers was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia.  According to her grandchildren, Travers died at the age of 96 loving no one and with no one loving her.  While I enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks,  it can be enjoyed just as much on Blu-Ray as on the big screen.

[SAVING MR. BANKS is nominated for Achievement in Music (Original Score)]

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (2013) – My rating: 7/10

TheMortalinstruments-CityofBonesI really didn’t expect much from this movie.  It was a little corny through two thirds of the film, leading up to the the last third which was pretty exciting.  It seemed like some of the HBO crew (Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors and Lena Headey – Game of Thrones) saw an opportunity to keep their movie appearances current by starring in this demon vs human vs everything else (sort of True Blood themed) film.  There were many different species involved in this movie that was basically about demons.  A young girl, played by Lily Collins, found out she is a Shadow Hunter.  Her mother disappears and her home is trashed by demons looking for a sacred, gold chalice.  She is forced to find out her true heritage and calling.  The adventure gets a little weird as she learns the truth about her mother and herself.  Lots of action and nice special effects.

There is a series of books (6 in all) so look for a sequel.  It’s worth seeing on the big screen.  No love loss if you wait for the DVD.