Don't go in the water! Seriously, if it means seeing The Meg, then don't go in the water. You're better off watching literally any other shark movie. Yes, that includes the Sharknado sequels. Also, as I type this, I just learned that"Sharknado" is a valid word in my spellchecker, so I guess that's where we are as a culture. That makes me a little sadder.
A spring blizzard has sent Goon outside with a snow shovel, and Snooty inside with some hot cocoa to talk to himself about a new movie this week! Giant monsters aren't played out yet, at least not in this "adaptation" of a video game that's heavy on destruction and wisely light on plot.
Robots! Monsters! Invasion! War! Heroes! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!! The sequel to Pacific Rim was always going to have those things and much, much more. But is too much of a good thing bad for the follow-up? Snooty and Goon have slightly differing answers to that question.
It's the dawn of the shared universe that no one wanted (unless you count Dracula Untold, which we absolutely do). Trek with Snooty and Goon through the deserts of Iraq and the secret underground hoopla of London as they follow Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe in their quest to milk as much money out of cheesy movie monsters as possible.
Goon calls an audible as he and Snooty review this sleeper success on its way to wider recognition! This movie has monsters, beer, romance, mystery, and a lot of heart. It has everything! So then why do its stakes feel so personal? And why does that make it even better?
How do you update a 90s kids TV classic? You keep the attitude and the teenagers, but toss in some angst, drama, big-budget effects, and...bloodshed? Snooty and Goon are joined by Professor Science as they tackle the latest Hollywood trip down memory lane to receive a big screen treatment.
The shortest distance between any two "spiritual sequels" is letdown. That's science.