The Painter and the Thief
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This was a fun movie to watch. The pacing was bad at times (especially the introduction of Godzilla in the ocean) but it knew what I wanted to see in a Kaiju film and after some mandatory establishment it built itself up to an awesome climatic fight.
A simple yet unique concept; Bear Gryll's meets Space meets Vlogging. It really surprised me that this film was directed by Ridley Scott.
The Godzilla franchise is not without its charm (charm referring to the only thing that makes a Godzilla film interesting. Godzilla) so to me, any hokey, human establishing plot, necessary to create context, always feels that it takes a second seat to the main attraction, that being Godzilla and any wanna-be kaiju tasked to fight the 50 foot walking poster-boy. The issue I see with this movie is that it tried to create rationality where none was needed. Being as spoiler free as I can I pompously critique, with my monocle and desperate sigh for human interaction, the need for the film to show both one fight (the two monsters) and another fight (the monster and the humans). Maybe its because I just finished watching Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra go up against Ghidorah in an epic showdown, but I was expecting the climax to the film to be fight between Monster and Monster. Not monster and human. It was pretty much all downhill from the first fight. Netherless, as I say, the charm of a Godzilla film is Godzilla and did Godzilla live up to the Godzilla charm? Meh. How about Gigantis? Meh. I expected more from you Warner Bros, well not really, but in the end it became a film with few good moments in a sea of dullness. Which is tolerable as a short film but a two hour film, now my patience has been tested. The reason why a movie like Death Proof worked with the establishing of characters is that the force the main characters were fighting against was also human. With Godzilla, hes a fantasy creature, a fantasy bad guy. Therefore his downfall can also be fantastical. Not realistic, because I don't expect realism from movie staring a great big lizard, hes the reason the movie sells, and against Gigantis, the movie sells more. Im repeating my point, so I'll summarize. Movie = meh. The end.
This film really delivered on the scare factor but I beside the opening I didn't find it funny. And also there was some scenes that felt very contrived, for example (spoiler free) the main character coincidentally notices about one of the characters, she formulates the they are the villain, turns out they are the villain. That scene happened around two-thirds into the movie. And the ending was a bit too rushed. I also have a problem with the Mother character in the story. At one point the main character is being strangled my the main villain and the mother is huddled in the corner in terror. She does help her daughter, the main character in the end but it was just an uncomfortable display of cowardice which is not reflective of real mothers. This films had a great climatic opus feel to it. Where all the pieces on the chess board has been established and it was to the point of and epic collision.
All and all, this a good film to watch, maybe not like he who decided to watch it at 3am on a rainy night in the garage.