GODZILLA (2014)

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Starring: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

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

I can’t say I’m aux fait with the history of Godzilla, apart from knowing who he is and that they released a film about ten or fifteen years ago that was rubbish. That coupled with the fact that I’m not a huge ‘blockbuster’ fan means I went into this with trepidation. I actually came out pleasantly surprised. It was a fairly intelligent reboot that, despite the name, actually only used the giant lizard sparingly, thus creating more tension and awe in the moments you do see it.

I think initially I was scarred by my experience of watching Pacific Rim, which I thought was pretty bad. Was Godzilla going to make me feel the same way? Just big ‘things’ hitting each other and destroying buildings. So big that you can’t really even see what’s going on. Well, it was kind of like that but no where near as cheesy as Pacific Rim.

This is an origin story of sorts about how Godzilla came to be and how he was discovered. It’s all handled pretty well and whilst not believable, was still rooted in some kind of reality. There was a sense of danger every time these huge monsters were on screen, and the film makers did a great job in portraying just how big Godzilla was. Seriously, you thought the T-Rex in Jurassic Park was scary, get a load of this guy!

Another cool bit, which I wasn’t expecting, was the ‘removal’ of a couple of the big name stars of the film very early on. It kept you on your toes a bit, not knowing who was actually going to be the hero in all of this.

The CGI and effects were all handled well as would be expected from Gareth Edwards after his star making hit Monsters and the overall result was an enjoyable movie.

I’m not sure if the lack of critical acclaim will be quite what the studio were after, but I’m sure it will have made enough money for a sequel, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the next one.

3.5 clappers

 

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16 comments

  1. I loved this film! I absolutely agree with everything that you said and the removal of some actors I found quite an interesting choice too, and loved it!

    • I thought it was clever huh. Reading before hand, some of those actors I would just naturally have assumed were going to be play big parts in the film. Thanks for reading.

  2. I found the Raptors scarier than the T-Rex in JP – but this guy sounds impressive!

  3. Pretty good movie but I was disappointed in some of stilted acting and story points. Godzilla was amazing though and it was wise to keep him hidden for most it. Great write up!

  4. They got rid of their best asset early on…

    …but I still managed to have fun with it!

  5. Good review. It wasn’t fun, as much as it was just tense. But also fun as well.

  6. giorge thomas

    So I saw this on the plane. Great plane movie – you don’t have to think too much. I actually quite enjoy this genre, secretly. Might have to download it now that am home to see the special affects on the big screen.

    • How was the UK trip?!

      • giorge thomas

        Amazeballs, but tiring. We did an awful lot of travelling. I had time to nip down to London and meet the illustrator of my children’s book, which was good. I can’t say who it is on here (I can tell you, though, if you want to know) but we had a really great afternoon of working out what the characters will look like, etc, and are excited about the next stage of the process (getting an agent – augh!)

        Still a little jet lagged, I must say. Managed to write a post on the first part of our trip, in between sleeps.

      • Oh wow, I didn’t know you were writing one! What’s it about, or is that ruining the surprise?

      • giorge thomas

        not really, I just don’t want to talk about it in an open forum (or my own page, even) it’s for wee little ones, five and under, I’d say, and has a pretty important message. I’ll tell you about it on email some time. Enjoy your trip!

      • Ok look forward to hearing about it in a week!

  7. Abbi

    Was utterly bored by this one but I’m glad you liked it.

  8. I really liked it and I am not sure why, because I don’t usually enjoy movies like this, but I went to see it in the cinema with my sister (who insisted it was terrifying) and I thought it was actually quite well made, and I had never seen any of the old Godzilla’s before. Maybe I should watch them now! Also I watched a film recently that fans of Godzilla would probably like, called Pacific Rim which I also really enjoyed.
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