In 1954, the king of all monsters was born on screen and years later he went away. In 1998, hollywood tried to give him a new look and style but what we got was a fake and poor re-imagining. Now, in 2014, the king has returned and has been reborn for the new generation and man he’s never looked better. What this film did right was not show too much of Godzilla and saved his best moments for the finale. Also, the human story was surprisingly compelling as well and moved the film along for the most part. The only problem I had with the film was that it dragged a little bit in the middle but it quickly gets back on track.
On the human side, Bryan Cranston proves yet again that he is a power house and can chew up the scenery with any dialogue you give him. Even if he’s screaming at you most of the time. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen were great as well but I found myself snickering at the fact that next year they’ll be playing brother and sister in Avengers: Age of Ultron and yet they play husband and wife in this film. It’s always great seeing Ken Watanabe in any film and he was good as the main scientist and he spoke the king of monsters’s name in such dramatic fashion that the audience cheered and snickered at the same time. Speaking of the king himself, Godzilla of course stole the show with his performance and that witty and chewy dialogue between him and the other creatures was nothing short of amazing. Sorry I cracked myself up there.
I’m so glad that I avidly kept away from other trailers and tv spots because when Godzilla shows up on screen, he’s everything you hoped for him to look like and more. And his classic roar, ear shattering! Now I know this film was not filmed in 3D and I usually don’t see films in 3D that weren’t filmed in the format but I didn’t care. I wanted to here his roar, every earth shaking foot step and every single building he walked into crumble in IMAX sound and it was worth every penny. The other creatures he fought in the film were very impressive and put up quite a challenge. The visual effects were top notch and like I said before I’m glad that they saved Godzilla for the most part for the final 45 minutes of the film because when you see him fight its like watching a classic monster film and you feel the love for those films in every frame. The score by Alexandre Desplat was on point and really made you feel the suspense and drama of each scene.
I can’t really further describe my joy in seeing this film but I will say go see this film in IMAX 3D or which ever theater has the best sound system because my seat shook and my ears rang. Director Gareth Edwards has captured the essence of the Godzilla franchise and has made a Godzilla film that is a staple in visual effects and is an instant classic for this generation and is a must go see film! Also, in the opening scene after the title, when you see the helicopter fly by, let me know if I wasn’t the only one hearing the Jurassic Park theme for a second.