Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla revamp will be hitting theaters everywhere on Thursday evening to crush the $379 million earned by Sony’s underwhelming 1998 version.

A rampaging-kaiju movie is a great genre film, which strikes a remarkably balanced tone. Warner Bros. has secured a bipedal reptile who breathes fire and stands as tall as a building a top notch cast with an Oscar winner Juliette Binoche, three Oscar nominees: Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and David Strathairn, and an Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.

British director paid particular attention to sound editing, creating a mini-symphony of rumbles, shrieks, high pitched electrical cries —  sounds that not only fit with a picture, but also compliment them in a way that feels organic.

Moreover, IMAX moviegoers won’t be disappointed with the clarity of the action.

But let’s be honest: most of the time this feels like “a retread of World War Z, with a handsome American trotting the globe in the hopes of quelling an international crisis” and he 355ft tall monster “still looks as if he has just escaped from such low budget Ray Harryhausen movie.”

Edwards gets the money shots (designed to hit the audiences right between the eyes) right, but neither he nor screenwriter Max Borenstein gets nearly enough character development to make the human characters interesting enough to get us through two mostly Godzilla-free acts.

Binoche, Hawkins and Elizabeth Olsen (as Ford’s wife) are reduced, essentially, to a set dressing, while Watanabe, Cranston and Strathairn get a variation on a one-note theme. As for Aaron Taylor-Johnson, he can sometimes be described as a wet blanket, due to the “kind of dialogue that would barely pass muster in a Jerry Zucker parody.”

So far Godzilla is at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Well, if you don’t really care about reviews for this blockbuster, then watch “Attack at Pacific Ocean” scene of coming soon American take on the Showa era of classic Gojira.

Check out the new Godzilla poster — looks like it’s going to be the best rom-com hit of this summer.


Hit the jump to check out new Godzilla images and featurette that offers a behind-the-scenes look at composer Alexandre Desplat’s outstanding score.

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