Cinema’s legendary fire-breathing giant reptile goes on the rampage again for Hollywood’s second crack at remaking the classic 1950s Japanese monster movie, and it’s a much better attempt than 1998’s lumbering effort with Matthew Broderick. The special effects are awesome, albeit lacking the cheesy charm of the original’s man in a rubber suit, and prove that British director Gareth Edwards can handle a blockbuster budget after the paltry resources of his inventive 2010 debut Monsters. But the story’s human drama can’t match the monster mayhem. Too much time is spent with Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s dull US navy bomb disposal expert and the gargantuan acting talents of the impressive supporting cast – Brian Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Straithairn, Sally Hawkins – largely go to waste.
Certificate 12. Runtime 118 mins. Director Gareth Edwards.
Released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD by Warner Home Video on Monday 27th Ocotber.