the first 40 minutes of Gomes' final segment are up there with (or surpass) the most rapturous filmmaking of his life. not coincidentally, they're also the most explicit and plot-driven of the trilogy... drawing broad connections to Pasolini's TRILOGY OF LIFE.
and then. the. fucking. CHAFFINCHES.
because the purpose and position of the film is so blunt, it invites a nearly inscrutable subtlety and abstraction into the individual episodes, and the chaffinches take that to its illogical conclusion. chaffinches chaffinches…
The fourth installment of George Miller’s rambunctious postapocalyptic saga arrives in theaters like a tornado tearing through a tea party. In an age of weightless spectacles that studios whittle down from visions to products, here’s a movie that feels like it was made by kidnapping $150 million of Warner Bros.’ money, absconding with it to the Namibian desert, and sending footage back to Hollywood like the amputated body parts of a ransomed hostage.
GODZILLA is the TRUTH.
one of the most satisfying, well-paced & beautifully directed blockbusters since Jurassic Park. a genuine spectacle of humility. Many complaining that the film abandons interest in its characters, but the perils of human egocentrism in the face of global crisis = the entire point. genuinely registers as the first post-human blockbuster. i almost feel like people have been conditioned to the explosive banality of contemporary tentpoles... but if any $200 million monster movie is going to feel…