Here comes Gojira and, even better, a movie worthy of him.
The new "Godzilla" is everything you want in a blockbuster: Big action, tight pacing, and a human story to set against the monster-sized action. The story starts in 1999, as a radiation-sucking monster awakens in The Phillippines, attacks a nuclear reactor in Japan, and then heads to the United States to find its mate with both the U.S. Navy and Gojira in hot pursuit. The cast led by Aaron Taylor-Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston is engaging, but the real draw is how director Gareth Edwards perfectly stages the monster action.
Also opening wide this week is "Million Dollar Arm," an underdog sports story that follows a sports agent (Jon Hamm) struggling to make a big deal and striking the idea of finding pitching talent among India's cricket-loving populace. He ultimately finds two young prospects and brings them to America, where fish-out-of-water adventures begin. The "based on a true story" drama is pure Disney formula, but still pretty engaging.