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Godzilla (2014)

Ugh.I am not going to claim I am some great Godzilla specialist, or even a big-time fan, but the original Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) was an automatic watch whenever it was on Creature Features. Or at any other time. And decades later, when the original Raymond Burr-less Gojira (1954) finally became available in the US, it was awesome to see that giant monster in all his original, indifferent to humanity, "I crush you!" glory.This rendition isn't even in the same league as the Americanized 1956 version, let alone the 1954 original. Even the generally awful, yet somehow guiltily entertaining, 1998 version, is better.The irony is that in this film the one who knows all about Godzilla is, again, a Japanese scientist, Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe), but the film opts to focus on the American white bread character, Lt. Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). So just as in the original, when that film's Dr. Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata) got to be upstaged by American …