The King is back
It’s been since 1998 since we last saw Godzilla on our screens (eugh, remember that movie?) and the time away off-screen has done the monster some good. Given the leaps and bounds that special effects has taken in recent years it was Godzilla’s turn for a reboot and he did so in style.
Bryan Cranston, winner of two Emmys and renowned for the role of Breaking Bad’s meth cooker kingpin Walter White, stars as Joe Brody the scientist researching into the strange events taking place at the time. However, the majority of the movie follows his son, star of Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, a bomb defuser for the US army and Ken Watanabe’s character, Dr Daisuke who spends 89% of his time contributing nothing but making a fantastic impression of an emoticon: “*0*”
Without giving the plot away, the human involvement or importance within the film is fairly minimal (with the exception of pissing things off). All is not as you would think, as this Godzilla film is very unlike its predecessor in that Godzilla is in fact the hero of the story and described as the `king` who will bring balance and natural order by Dr Daisuke, in the rare moments where he actually manages a dialogue (Or just break everything). As unlikely as this seems, this is actually more faithful to the original Japanese version and is certainly more refreshing. This follows in the aesthetics and abilities of Godzilla and makes for a more interesting plot. The improved look of Godzilla himself certainly contributes to an impressive level of badassery especially at key turning points in the film quickly followed by the bone-chilling roar, which they have certainly done justice. Although, with the focus not always on our reptilian friend, you may find yourself at points asking: `where is Godzilla then? ` However, when Godzilla does make his grand entrance, it’s definitely worth the wait and you will quickly lose focus of what you were worrying about.
*Insert Godzilla roar sound effect here*
As with any Monster movie, there is an insane amount of carnage and destruction, and Godzilla 2014 makes Pacific Rim look like a dwarf, simply due to the speed of the damage and its range over the majority of North America. This can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, but certainly carries a substantial impact and shock factor. Something that I admired about the cinematography was that for most of the film, Godzilla is not focused on directly, which helps to build suspense so that when we finally get a good look at Godzilla, it carries the impact that it should do. Godzilla is certainly not a movie to watch with the volume down when its released on DVD and Blu-ray, as even the music has seen an improvement, adding to the drama and scale of the film’s scenes (time to crank up the subwoofer).
It stands to reason that if you are expecting anything not a 10 on the ridiculousness scale then this movie is not for you. The plot, whilst an improvement from Emmerich’s version, quickly forms large monstrous holes when placed under any scrutiny. Don’t go to see this film if you will be easily irritated by continuous shots of people looking surprised, scared or horrified, or the US military’s attitude of “umm, just uh, nuke it?” (I’m just glad they didn’t punch the air and sing `god bless America` at the end)
This being said the film redeems itself as the ridiculousness is something to be embraced and to be honest, it’s what makes the genre of Monster movies so appealing. Time will tell if the sequels signed on by Legendary will be as much of a success.
I give this movie: 7/10
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