When Hollywood studios sit down to think about sequels to their films, I can’t imagine that they do much more than look at the final box office take before making their decisions, rather than lending an ear to the audiences that bought the tickets to the original movie. (A gross generalization, but one I’d love to be proven wrong on.) For proof on that, Legendary Pictures is bringing screenwriter Max Borenstein back to script what will hopefully be a monster-filled Godzilla 2.
We were pretty big fans of Godzilla around these parts, but much of that love was directed at Gareth Edwards’ classy direction and the way he made a disaster movie that felt more personal to audiences. What was keeping it most unpersonal, though, was Borenstein’s script, which combined monstrous coincidences with some of the most boring human characters in creature feature history. Don’t get me wrong, Bryan Cranston knocked his small part out of the park, and the first 10 minutes made it seem like this was a story steeped in humanity. But then Aaron Taylor-Johnson stepped in and dull-mugged his way through one should-have-been-more-exciting sequence after another.