The lizard. The hype. The letdown.Take away the "surprise" plot twist (he's a she), and you're left with a murky summer movie that offers little in the way of plot, direction, dialogue or, dare I say it, fun.
Summer event movies are supposed to make audiences forget the impossible. The lizard can't even do that. Seen for months in bits and pieces, the big guy, as a whole, is a letdown, looking like an amalgamation of every movie monster ever seen AND Jay Leno's chin. Broderick seems bored with his role (why wouldn't he be?) and Maria Pitillo is just plain awful. The look of the film is muddy: it never stops raining (all the better to hide the lousy process shots of big green). And the script?
Loaded with lame one-liners, technobabble and reaction shots.
The sound is amazing, and a chase scene among the skyscrapers of the Big Apple with the big G and a squadron of helicopters is pretty damn cool.
But it's just not enough.It's better than the 1976 remake of King Kong. But that's not saying a lot.