I saw Godzilla this weekend and it was horrible. The special effects were great, but the story was an insult not only to the audience, but to the U.S. Navy.
The plot involves Godzilla, of course, but also two giant monsters who feed on radiation and nuclear energy.
And so the brilliant writers of this ridiculous movie decided to have the Admiral of the US Navy try to destroy the monsters with…..wait for it….
Food, in other words, for the monsters.
Which they eat, and grow larger and stronger (SURPRISE! Not.).
Meanwhile, the writers establish early on that Godzilla is the enemy of the two monsters — you see him fighting one of them, very briefly before one of a dozen cutaways.
So what does the Admiral decide to do?
Try to kill Godzilla.
I almost walked out.
And so this is why the current Golden Age of Television, with shows like The Shield, The Wire, The Tudors, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Gallactica, Mad Men, and so many more, is so much better than the Hollywood action movies that keep coming at us ad nauseum.
When I watched the first two episodes of Breaking Bad, I couldn’t imagine how the writers could keep the story going. But they did, brilliantly, for five seasons in a row.
What affliction to movie writers have, that these TV writers do not have?
I don’t know, but it is serious.
In the meantime, long live quality television.