The new “Godzilla” focuses on delivering a spectacle worthy of the King of Monsters, while also honoring dramatic themes and concepts for which the original 1954 Japanese classic and the 1956 American version starring Raymond Burr were famous for. Curiously enough, however, the new film misses the mark because, among other things, there’s simply not enough monster movie mayhem and far too little fun.
As a gifted filmmakers homage to Japanese kaiju (monster) and mecha (giant robot) films, Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” is a triumph. Whether today’s summer movie audiences will fall just as in love as del Toro is with the spectacle of mechanized giants doing battle with stylized dinosaurs remains to be seen, but he’s certainly done his best to make it dazzling to them.
“Evil Dead”, the remake of the 1981 Sam Raimi cult classic horror film, is a humorless exercise in torture porn that lacks any of the imagination or the fun of the original. It’s the worst thing that a horror movie can be: mindnumbingly dull.
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, based on the very entertaining novel by “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” author Seth Grahame-Smith, shares the same goal as its source material: to entertain its audience with historical fiction that’s simultaneously well grounded with care for historical fact and wildly absurd in its premise.