Finished watching Monsters, and now I'm uneasy on Gareth Edwards directing.
I am very impressed with what he did with a small budget, and there were some wonderfully atmospheric shots.
On the other hand, he couldn't make me care for the leads. Was I supposed to hate the guy? He was such a spineless, simpering, twat. And why was he a photojournalist? He was scared of everything! And out of his depth at every turn! If he was supposed to lack basic capability and competence, great, but I don't think that was the idea. The girl was just a cypher.
Contrivances abounded too. Why couldn't she (they?) fly home? Why did they have to take a boat? Why couldn't they head somewhere else, then home, why directly north? We were shown that money was not a problem. Also, why couldn't she head for a the nearest US Consulate? There were US military everywhere, there had to be some kind of diplomatic presence.
The monsters as forces of nature were again, interesting, but I never felt much menace from them, even when they were killing people. Godzilla is going to have to be scary, it can't be all 'Military BAD!'
Basically, I needed more exposition, more world building, scarier monsters, and more interesting people to put in the danger.
The outline of the right themes were there: Man messing with things he doesn't understand, consequences we can't imagine, military overreaction and the consequences of intervention, everyday people dealing with extraordinary circumstances, but they were to sketchy for my liking. It seemed like the big point was exploring suburban angst, which I didn't enjoy.
I know I'm being overly harsh, and I will say I'm glad Edwards isn't writing the script.