Movie Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

There are several tell tale signs of a bad movie with special effects. The first is darkness throughout the entire movie. In the new movie “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” every special effects scene was shot during a rain storm, tornado, hurricane or at night. The reason for this is because of the special effects budget, that for this movie must have been low. Another sign of a bad special effects movie is a bad script and the logic and reasoning for this story was about as bad as I have ever seen. The third bad sign for this movie was there were so many named actors in this film, because once the producers knew that the story was bad, they thought that they could fix this disaster by throwing in about 7 well known actors. This tactic did not work. The worst thing about this movie is that it was very boring in way too many areas, as people stand around and try and explain what is going on and most of the explanations are just plain ridiculous.

Why this movie was made, considering how bad the script is, was a mystery to me. Why not re-write the script a few more times, come up with a much better story and then start over again? Wouldn’t this be a far more cost effective way to save the Godzilla franchise then trying to fix a bad screenplay by hiring 7 known actors? The problem here is favors in Hollywood, where a script is green-lighted for reasons other than it being good because something was promised to someone years ago. Once a budget is created for a production, they just move forward because they believe that because of the name recognition that comes with Godzilla, all you need is special effects and no story. I was also quite surprised that so many well known actors could read this bad script and still agree to sign for this movie.

The Rotten Tomatoes rating for this bad film is a low 40%, my rating is around 20% and I recommend that this movie be skipped by everyone except for the most die hard Godzilla fans.

Movie Review: The Biggest Little Farm

“The Biggest Little Farm” is one of the most unforgettable real life documentaries I have ever seen about a young couple who have very little money, live in a small apartment and mainly because their dog would not stop barking when they are away at work, decide to raise money and start a farm. It is impossible to not appreciate the incredible amount of hard work and risk taking this couple go through, overcoming hundreds of problems over a course of 10 years to achieve their dream of owning a farm.

Anyone who might have the ambition to start their own business or start a farm, might think twice after seeing the incredible hardship of taking a run down farm that went bankrupt and turn it into a business, that makes money.

I was most impressed with the farm science depicted in this story, from irrigation, to creating healthy soil, to problems with chickens, sheep, pigs and attacking coyotes. The life cycle and ecosystem of nature depicted within a farm like this was also fascinating and very well done.

The biggest little farm has a very high 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and I agree with this grade and highly recommend this film.

Movie Review: Brightburn

The idea for “Brightburn” is a good one. What would happen if the parents who found Superman when he crash landed on a Farm somewhere in the Midwest, adopted an infant that turned out to be evil rather than good? The entire idea of both Superman and Brightburn are ridiculous from the start because the odds of an alien child landing on earth that looks human are impossibly remote. Any two adults who found any alien child in a crash landed spaceship would call the police or the FBI long before any thought of adoption would set in. Setting aside any level of common sense or logic gives us science fiction or in this case horror movies like Brightburn. Most of this inane logic can be acceptable because its science fiction, but when a story gets too preposterous, this is where the movie becomes more annoying than entertaining.

The problem with Brightburn is a problem with most horror movies. People just do not react or behave in these movies like an average person would behave when faced with circumstances like these. The police would have been called long before horrendous problems and murder would happen. The boy, a who is about 12 years old when the mayhem begins, would have been sent off to an scientific observation center as soon as any dangerous super powers would be revealed. It has been rare in my experience as an avid moviegoer where people in insane situations react like any average person would. One reason for this is dramatic effect and another reason could be that the producers of these movies believe that people like to feel superior to the actors in the movie, who are running for their lives.

Brightburn stars Elizabeth Banks and avid Denman as the boys parents and Jackson A. Dunn, who plays the superhero gone bad. Dunn shows very little acting ability in his role and seems more like a robot than a 12 year old boy with super powers.

The Rotten Tomatoes review for this film are only 58% and I mostly agree with this opinion and give a very marginal recommendation to this film because of all the easily fixable problems in this story.