Let me start by saying that my only knowledge of Godzilla would be the 1998 movie. I watched that when I was around 5 years old and my memory of that film is blurry at best. I do remember enjoying it… when I was 3-years old. I did watch it again when I got older and I still found it fun in a dumb way. But I never thought I would see another Godzilla movie because, yeah, it was pretty awful.
Imagine my surprise to see Hollywood make a new movie based on The King Of Monsters. A film that will be more faithful to its roots. I did watch the first trailer and I was very impressed with what they showed us. It looked exciting and… I guess the appropriate word is epic.
And I wasn’t disappointed. Without revealing any spoilers, this Godzilla totally outmatches the 1998 version in all ways and that’s definitely a good thing.
I do have to say that the movie’s title is kind of misleading. Sure, the giant lizard is the main focus of the film but he certainly doesn’t get much screen time but it’s used in a way to make the viewer more excited to finally see the creature in all its spender. You get glimpses of Godzilla’s spiney things on his back first. Then his foot. Then a fleeting moment on his face. It’s a very slow burn and makes you desperately want to see the entire creature. But when you do see it, boy, it does make an impact!
Also, Godzilla isn’t the only creature here. Actually, he does battle with other monsters called MUTOs, which is somewhat of an interesting twist. Since the only experience I had with Godzilla was the 1998 film, I’ve only thought of him as the primary antagonist of the film. So, watching him fight other monsters kinda caught me off-guard. Don’t get me wrong. It was a pleasant surprise.
The designs for both Godzilla and the new monsters are great! I actually like to see Godzilla stand up like a beefy, stout man because, well, he’s the good guy and helped me distinguish him from the more insect-like MUTO creatures. These varied looks makes them easy to tell them apart when they fight each other. And the fights are pretty good! I like that they didn’t fight like giant humans but like animalistic monsters.
The special effects were excellent! The monsters looked like they were really there! They moved around very fluidly but you can tell they’re still giant monsters since there’s a feeling of massive weight whenever they move around. Even the scenes where they just show the aftermath of the destruction are entirely believable. There were times when I actually thought they had to find a city that looked like a monster blew right through its buildings!
It’s kind of disappointing that all of this fighting and wanton destruction isn’t really revealed to the viewer as it’s happening. I wanted to see the monsters just wrecking havoc. Unfortunately, most of the time, they show you the aftermath of one of the monster’s rampage or peeks of the carnage from the point of view of one of the people in the movie. You do get to see a lot of it during the final moments of the film but I didn’t think it was enough. It’s pretty disappointing, to be honest.
It’s a good thing that the “human” scenes are interesting and very well acted. I was surprised at the performances from the rest of the cast as well. I like the fact they didn’t overact one bit in this monster flick. Not one hint of cheesy acting or them hamming it up! Ken Watanabe is great as the Japanese Godzilla expert, even if it took me a while to get used to the weird accent. Of course, Bryan Cranston does a phenomenal job in everything he’s in. And this is no exception. I actually wish he had more scenes in the movie!
If I were forced to find things to complain about (this is a review after all), I would say I didn’t like the kids in the movie. For some odd reason, children in movies like this act really dumb and emotionless. Yes, they’re young and innocent to the workings of the world. But they shouldn’t be this naive to think that the monsters that are duking it out on the news are just toys.
Besides that negligible point, I have to say Godzilla is an excellent movie and definitely something you have to watch in the cinema when you can. I’m pretty sure this movie will entice a lot of non-Godzilla fans to start searching for the King Of Monsters’ old films. I know I will!
Have you watched the 2014 Godzilla film? What did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are, please leave them in the comments section below!