Movie – Godzilla: A+

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I’ve been a Godzilla fan for years, despite most of them being cartoonish at best and simply awful at worst. But not this time. This Godzilla does everything as it should. The natural disaster metaphors are clear. The danger-of-nuclear-power legacy is evident. And they found a way of making Godzilla the “good guy” without dumbing him down. The human perspective worked great, creating that confusing sense of breath-holding terror alongside humbling awe. Everything looked great too, with awesome visuals throughout (though at times at the expensive of logic). And of course, the final giant monster smackdown is almost overwhelmingly entertaining. Godzilla is finally worthy of his King of Monsters title again.

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Movie – Kick-Ass 2: D+

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The exaggerated extremeness that worked for the first film is turned up to eleven, becoming uninspired and juvenile in the process. And oh my, is Chloe Grace Moretz painful to watch here. She spends much of the film outside of her Hit-Girl persona, and from her acting to the horrendous side-plot she goes through, every second of it is agony. The satire is way too hyperbolic to be effective and instead slumps into cartoonish, bordering self-awareness but never quite embrassing it.