Greetings fellow Bog Leeches,
I just finished watching the film Monsters by Gareth Edwards. I hadn't read any reviews of the film beforehand, since it is always nice to be surprised by a film with a rather intriguing premise.
...Wow. This movie is awful.
Picture Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, except instead of having a plot, imagine it being about two vacuous dull-faced people wandering around aimlessly while discussing the first thing that comes into their heads.
Okay, let me back up. Monsters takes place in a world where spores from space have caused Mexico to become invaded by giant land octopi. No, really, they're just giant octopi. I'm amazed at how lazy the creature design in this film is, but honestly the scenes of the U.S. military being bested by giant octopi are legitmately pretty funny to watch. A pity the creatures are only in the film for about 5 minutes.
The rest of the film is devoted to two people trying to get to safety, but who seem to continually end up close to the danger due to their own ineptitude. The film tries to build up a sense of dread atmosphere with some convincing local extras (who would have been far more interesting leads), but the editing and direction is so amateurish and choppy that it just comes across as padding. The scenes of dialogue, few though they are, don't help. Here is one example.
Man: "I always wanted to work behind a cash register."
Woman: "You look good behind a cash register. You should give up your camera."
Man: "So, what are you going to do tomorrow?"
Woman: "I don't know. What are you going to do tomorrow?"
Man: "I don't know."
And every single bit of their dialogue is like this. I think it is supposed to come across as natural and charming. I found it incredibly annoying. Keep in mind that these people have seen mass carnage, ruined cities, and alien life forms, and every time they just kind of shrug with an expression that says, "well, that happened."
So yeah, when I finished watching this movie I was sure it must have bombed big time, but when I checked Rotten Tomatoes...http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/monsters-2010/
71% FRESH?! What? How? This movie was horrendous!
Check out Roger Ebert's review. The man must be trolling:http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.d...VIEWS/101119967
Wow. So, it looks like Garth Edwards's star is rising, because apparently film making that features no plot and long drawn out scenes of nothing is popular these days. I can't wait to see his take on Godzilla, because if anybody can make a 100 metre atomic reptile boring, this guy can.