Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Leigh Paatsch Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas

the time, Godzilla can be spotted get­ting quite ag­gra­vated at a po­lite dis­tance from the epi­cen­tre of the chaos.

How­ever, he won’t be mak­ing his proper en­trance un­til 40 min­utes from the close. By which time, most view­ers may have had their fi ll of the hu­man char­ac­ters in Godzilla and their bum- numb­ing back sto­ries.

Bryan Cranston stars as Joe, a fraz­zled for­mer sci­en­tist. This bedrag­gled fel­low is quite cor­rectly con­vinced the world is un­der threat from ra­di­a­tion- mag­nifi ed species of ill- re­pute.

Nat­u­rally, the world thinks Joe is just a crazy con­spir­acy the­o­rist. Even his son Ford ( Aaron Tay­lor- John­son), a dec­o­rated sol­dier, thinks the old man is a loon.

While this fam­ily fric­tion stuff is a bit of a


snooze, the Godzilla- less por­tions of Godzilla are still lively enough thanks to the ar­rival of the crea­tures that prove Joe is no mad voice in the wilder­ness.

They are co­de­named MUTOs – short for Mas­sive Uniden­tifi ed Ter­res­trial Or­gan­isms – and they thrive by stick­ing strictly to an all­nu­clear diet.

These un­happy campers ap­pear to be head­ing by sea to­wards the west coast of the US. So too is Godzilla, ar­guably more ath­let­i­cally am­phibi­ous than many of his fans would for­merly re­call.

All that re­ally mat­ters is what will hap­pen when these three hit dry land. Thank­fully, the ex­tended monster- ver­sus- MUTO smack­down that tran­spires on the streets of San Fran­cisco jus­tifi es the long wait.

This set- piece skir­mish ( boosted by con­vinc­ing SFX work and a boom­ing sound mix) is apoc­a­lyp­tic in scale, and apoplec­tic in tem­per­a­ment.

Any­one who has loved or ad­mired Godzilla in any of his many guises is go­ing to get a ma­jor rush from how the ma­jes­tic mega- lizard han­dles the mayhem de­picted here.

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