SYNOPSIS: The king of monsters is awoken when malevolent creatures arise from deep in the ocean and threaten the very existence of the human race.
Bits I Loved?
- Great star-studded cast. The biggest surprise was that of the lead quality of Aaron Taylor-Johnson. He really showed that he isn’t just an awkward semi-comedic actor but a legitimate action star. Cannot wait to see what he does in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- The CGI of Godzilla is beautiful. This version shows how he deserves the name King of Monsters instead of just a larger Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- The special effects through the film are extravagant yet do not detract from the film’s storyline.
- The story is exceptional, right amount of human drama.
- The use of Godzilla in this film as an anti-hero who protects humans rather than attacks them shows a unique perspective.
Bits I Hated?
- The dialogue was very low quality compared to the actors in the film.
- The death of Bryan Cranston early in the film was a let down. I love seeing him onscreen so a bit more of him would have been great.
Is It Good?
Godzilla is the monster of all monsters and seemingly the hardest remake to ever try to accomplish, evident in the 1998 release. However Gareth Edwards is able to do this in the current release of this iconic monster’s return to the big screen. First of all Godzilla looks stunning in this film, showing how he really is the King of Monsters. The CGI is impeccable, making this gargantuan creature as realistic as possible. The use of Godzilla as an anti-hero is a fresh twist on the story, making this story much more interesting. The parallel storyline that revolves around the human drama of Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s character provides a great story to follow in a genre that usually forgets about any story outside of the monster’s attack on a city. Aaron Taylor-Johnson shows in this film that he is dynamic enough to portray an action star which gives me higher hopes for his role as Quicksilver.
The only concern I had with the film was it’s lack of decent dialogue throughout the film. Yes this is a monster film so the majority of the audience is there to see the spectacle of destruction that will ensue but with the dramatic story added to this film some better dialogue would have been preferable. It would have been interesting to see a ton of cameos in various army roles throughout the film. Iconic faces from large war films throughout the decades that are constantly killed off in some form or another surrounding the storyline of the protagonist.
Overall this film bring together a great blend of monster film destruction and human drama to create a seemingly dynamic story that keeps the audience captivated from beginning to end. The use of Godzilla as a misunderstood anti-hero brings a unique twist to the iconic monster which makes a sequel all the more intriguing. This movie brings us the Godzilla film everyone had hoped for.
1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent
★★★☆ – Premise
★★★☆ – Story
★★★☆ – Characters
★★★★ – Visual Effects
★★★☆ – Dialogue
★★★★ – Visuals
★★★☆ – Soundtrack
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8/10 – Recommend
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