It has been 60 years since the first Godzilla movie was released. The original was created as an allegory of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during WWII.
Since Godzilla’s first cinematic appearance, the monster has been one of the most rebooted characters in film history with a total of 32 varying feature films.
Having watched the trailers leading up to the most recent take on the classic story, I was totally stoked for this movie; it had action, people dying, explosions and awesome monsters beating each other to a pulp.
As I sat down in the theater, waiting for the film to start, I found myself concerned that this move may be a rehash of the disastrous Godzilla released in 1998 with Matthew Broderick.
For those who suffered major disappointment from that unsightly film, this movie exceeds the 1998 version in every aspect.
The movie’s premise is pretty straightforward: monsters, monsters killing people, monsters killing monsters military can’t kill monsters.
At least, that is all that matters in the actual scale of the movie. The characters’ stories are engaging but hardly as spectacular in the larger balance of things when you’re watching a 100-meter beast crush the world to ashes.
Fans of Pacific Rim will enjoy that this movie exceeds in the aspect that you can actually see the monsters fight in broad daylight, rather than having to watch the battle unfold in pouring rain.
Brian Cranston, most notably recognized for his performance in the hit show Breaking Bad, is phenomenal.
His acting never fails to drive home the emotion his character is trying to insinuate. His character, Joe Brody, is a nuclear engineer with a tragic past who’s racing to expose the truth about a series of seismic anomalies. He’s not really in the movie that much, but people really aren’t there to watch humans.
This now, ladies and gentlemen, leads me to address the entire point of watching this film, the monster himself, Godzilla.
This time around, Godzilla is the largest of all incarnates standing at 100 meters tall and the most imposing of all to take the big screen. This time around however, he is not the only monster to take the screen.
Along for the ride in this movie are creatures known as MUTOs. Their appearance brings to mind an unholy love child between the monster from Cloverfield and a pterodactyl but 100 times cooler.
They are simply amazing to watch; they are intelligent, completely devastating and they prove to be a match for Godzilla as they team up to fight the king of all monsters. During the movie you can’t help but gain a sense of feeling for Godzilla, as during the course of the fight you are sitting in the chair, pumping your fist rooting for him to come out on top. Rounds of applause to the filmmakers for giving us a monster to cheer for.
You may, however, be upset that Godzilla is not actually in the movie very much. His appearance is teased for about an hour before being seen in action.
Which in the end is okay, I suppose. People still die, monsters fight and destruction porn is everywhere. What more exactly do you want?
The visuals for Godzilla are breathtaking and are one of the greatest standouts to this film. From the destruction to the mayhem and, most of all, Godzilla himself, everything looks utterly realistic.
I completely fan-boyed watching Godzilla wreck entire cities, shoot lasers out of his mouth, cause tsunamis and just leave the military feeling unable to succeed.
I would not necessarily recommend this movie for people looking for amazing character development. The characters are by no means terrible in any aspect, but they do not hold your focus in the large scale of things when there is a giant monster wreaking San Francisco.
The truth of the matter is that this movie is pretty much, Pacific Rim meets Jurassic Park, and it is not exactly cut out for anything beyond destruction.
As the credits rolled I honestly have to say I was thoroughly disappointed; disappointed that they could not have made this movie at least an hour longer.
I was so invested into the movie never once checking my watch to find out when I could leave, and then it was done.
Not watching this movie is like having grandparents offer to take you to Disneyland and then just snub them off saying you’d rather be dusting your room. Go see it!
I give it: 5/5 stars
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