Another May week, another blockbuster with a wide release, this time featuring Godzilla leveling cities. But there are plenty of other movies out this week worth your attention, not to mention all your at-home options.
What to see this weekend comes down to a fundamental question: Would you rather watch people learning to play baseball, or a giant monster wrecking shit?
First, there's Godzilla. The king of the monsters is back for another movie and somehow it actually looks interesting, considering the last American Godzilla movie. You can thank the trailer for that, before which the thought of a Godzilla remake inspired little more than an eye-roll. But the combo of Bryan Cranston's frantic yelling and the fleeting glimpses of our giant friend is, admittedly, pretty freaking awesome.
Now that Godzilla is actually out, critics are sort of split. The movie has a solid 74 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but reviews range from "the best action movie since Jaws" to "sure is boring." The Wire's David Sims, while not quite that hyperbolic, writes: "It wants to dazzle and awe its audience with sheer spectacle, even though they should at this point be completely inured to computer-rendered visions of city destruction, giant creatures and ear-crushing roars and groans. Incredibly, it succeeds." A lot of credit should go to director Gareth Edwards, who by all accounts put together a stunning film. We're going to go on record as recommending you see Godzilla this weekend, if only because "more than anything, Godzilla is about how puny we are," according to Sims, and we could all use a reminder.