Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein (screenplay), Dave Callaham (story)
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Something that’s not mentioned in the promotion: there are actually 3 prehistoric, radiation-driven monsters in this bomb. They’re all headed for San Francisco, where they cause collateral damage as they take on each other. How could anyone in Hollywood think that this story would work? Granted, it’s supposed to be all about the creatures, but the situations are simply preposterous and the plotting is shockingly insipid. The effects are adequate and the action is average, but nothing about it is special. Aaron Johnson, who’s haplessly thrust into the hero role, continues to impress with his chameleon-like ability. There’s no humor, no logic, no suspense. It makes me long for the campy fun of the originals.
GAY ANGLE: Aaron Johnson only offers one flash of his guns, so you’ll have to Google him to see the hotness he’s hiding.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writers: Andrew J. Cohen, Brendan O’Brien
Stars: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are a happy new parents, who find a fraternity moving in next door (with Zac Efron as president). This leads to the inevitable lifestyle conflicts and noise complaints. There’s a high level of comic energy and some amusing moments, but much of it seems forced. The dialogue between Rogen & Byrne often feels unscripted and goes on too long. Many of the bits are taken too far just for the outrageous effect. The cast is populated with supporting characters that could have been funny, but lacked that extra zing. The good-natured fun and upbeat enthusiasm keeps the film from ever being dull, but it also camouflages the fact that much about it isn’t that original or funny.
GAY ANGLE: Both of the leading men take off their shirts a lot, which works for Efron, but isn’t even funny for Rogen. Look for a quick cameo from a gay couple.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.