You Should Not Drink And Kaiju

So, you are either a Kaiju movie fan or you’re not. Most Godzilla films of the 60’s and 70’s are straight up kiddie flicks, and fans know this. Kaiju fans know that most of their genre’s movies are not very good or even good films as far as general film-making goes, but that’s not why they’re giant monster movie fans. Drinker doesn’t really seem to get that, though he does says this the biggest question is whether the movie will be fun. You don’t need 8 minutes to make that point.

The recent Godzilla movies (this decade) have both failed to be enjoyable, but for different reasons. The first was mostly boring with not nearly enough monster action. The second had plenty of monsters, but the human element story was so fucking stupid it knocked viewers out of the experience. Wait, the mom joined a bunch of eco-terrorists who then kill all the people she was working with day-in-day-out to save the planet from too many people being around? W-T-F? That’s the second required element for a decent kaiju film. The story can’t be so non-sensical/terrible that people can’t enjoy the monsters. Kong-Skull Island was a better film than then either G-flick because of this. The story was good enough that people could enjoy the giant ape antics.

Pacific Rim often delved so deeply into the stupid that the giant mech vs alien giant monsters fun is diluted to a mere “meh” experience. The robots have to have to pilots who are “drift compatible” because the mental effort to control them is too great. But all the controls are manually operated. This isn’t Avatar where they are jacked into a clone or something. Countries are building 100 ft tall paper-thin walls to keep out giant monsters? We can’t keep 5 ft tall Mexicans from crossing our borders. Seriously, WTF are you thinking?

So, even though I’m a fan of Drinker’s, he needs to learn to stay in his own lane when it comes to genres he’s not really that familiar with. I’m sure a severe dint of new movie content is causing him problems with making his own videos, but he went in the ditch on this one.

The first G vs. K movie is really a step above the rest of the flicks of that era. Decent story. Enough monster action. Acting is adequate. The kong costume is pretty shitty really, especially the face, but you get used to it. I’ll be surprised if this new movie is as enjoyable.

I don’t agree with all his opinions, but this guy gets it. He’s a fan and a talented reviewer.

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