Godzilla (2014)

Director:godzilla-poster1-625

Gareth Edwards

Writers:

Max Borenstein
Dave Callaham

Cast:

Aarone Taylor-Johnson – Ford Brody
CJ Adams – Young Ford
Ken Watanabe – Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Bryan Cranston – Joe Brody
Elizabeth Olsen – Elle Brody
Carson Bolde – Sam Brody
Sally Hawkins – Vivienne Graham
Juliette Binoche – Sandra Brody
 

I’m going to start off by saying that this is the “must see” film of this year. I know there is a long way to go for 2014 but I’m hard pressed to think of many more that are this big of a deal. My initial worries for this film was that we just had a big monster movie in Pacific Rim, it was a fairly epic film with big monsters and big effects. The best thing possible scenario managed to happen and this films are nothing alike.

Like the original movies radiation but this movie ends up with this tale that deals a lot with nature and our reactions too it. I don’t know if this is a stretch or not but to me the movie actually said a great deal. I am really going to try to avoid to give away too much because it is such a new film and I think IMDB puts it the safest…

“The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. “

So we have three creatures, their relation to each other is a major plot point of the film and I really don’t want to say too much about it but it spoke to me in a way most films don;t anymore. It really made me think about man and our relationship to nature. I feel like it really challenges a lot of people’s mindsets and in a way that was rather enjoyable.

The creature design in this movie was spot on. I loved the overall designs, especially Godzilla. Some people may have liked the last film they tried (I liked the look of Godzilla in that movie as well) but this one is a throwback to the original films. It’s more realistic then a man in a rubber suit, it has this way of expressing emotions in a way that feels real. It’s one of the few times that I am glade that they did not try to do the same thing in practical effects.

We get a lot of scenes that really give the were we get to see the scope of these monsters (Kaiju) but we also get to see a lot in the way of the human element which ended up being just as compelling as the monsters which, I felt anyways, was just as important in this movie. We have a cast of people who do a great job in their roles, not one I would really call inferior. There are the standout though; Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Bryan Cranston play very well off each other which isn’t much of a surprise considering just how good Cranston is. I felt like Elizabeth Olsen also desires some praise for her role as Elle Brody.

I really have a har time saying anything but praises for this movie but there was some things I did not like. Most of this film had a very series tone to it so when they did something a little cheesy like calling Godzilla the “King of the Monsters” it stood out a lot. Some characters that did a really good job seemed to only get enough screen time to move the plot forward like Ken Watanabe and even Olsen. The last thing I want to complain about is that I wanted more, I would have loved to see the monsters duke it out for a longer period of time. Since everything looked so good I wanted more and it is rare that I felt like a movie would have been stronger for going on longer but in this case it’s true.

Seriously watch this movie. I couldn’t believe how well done this movie is. It is one of the must see films… period.

Grade A

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