This Rotten Week: Predicting Godzilla And Million Dollar Arm Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2014-05-11 18:59:15discussion comments
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Sneaking in one last Happy Motherís day to all those moms out there, in particular Mrs. Rotten Week, who keeps the parenting on lock down around here. She has to because Iím mostly just thinking about movies all the time. My brain can only do so many things at once. She really picks up the slack, which is great. Love you baby! This week weíve got Godzilla and one expensive arm.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

Godzilla
Rotten Watch Prediction
This world has a bunch of issues. Global warming. Mass pollution. Dwindling water resources. Politicians. The list goes on. We are dealing with a lot right now. So the thought of a giant, indestructible "thing" emerging from our oceans and laying waste to the whole kit and kaboodle is equal parts satisfying and ordinary. Weíve got so much going on, that we must wonder: would this be the worst thing that could happen?

Look at the big guy taking over in the Godzilla trailer:



Admission: Iíve never seen the original Godzilla. Whip me in the comments section as you see fit. That being, said, Iíve read how this version is careful to stay true to the original, using a similar story and being sure to pay homage to the "source material." There is something unsettling about a monster or force so indestructible that the combined power of the worldís military would be decided underdogs. Feeling powerless against something "living" that came from our own deep blue depths really plays into something unknown about our own world. Man, it doesnít seems out of the realm of possibility considering we really donít know much about whatís going on in the deepest depths of our own planet. We know the surface problems, but what about the ones we canít see?

Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters-72%) may have captured this helplessness, the idea that humans are weak in the face of such a big threat. Beyond that, this movie looks pretty kick ass, with sweeping action scenes, mass destruction and a big effects budget. Early reviews are positive, though not completely overwhelming (CBís own Kristy Puchko gave it five stars in a gushing review). Many agree the action scenes are money, and that the plot and characters are definitely on the weaker side. Hey, we canít have it all, can we? Now letís deal with our worldís problems before a massive sea creature emerges and burns the whole thing down.
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