Two reviews of Godzilla in one entry, starting with the spoiler free for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.
I have been a fan of Godzilla movies basically my entire life. This is why I went to see it opening night. Because Godzilla is awesomeness. Now I want to talk about it. I’m going to do so in two parts, starting with the spoiler free for anyone who doesn’t want to know. I’ll make sure it is really clear before we get to spoilers.
I’m just going to get this bit out of the way, the new Godzilla movie is awesome. Go see it. They go with a new approach to Godzilla which is much better than the giant iguana wanna be that was the 1990’s Godzilla movie. There are a couple of decisions that I don’t really agree with in the movie, the only one I can talk about without spoilers is the massive size of Godzilla. If you’ve seen the trailers, or the posters you can see that he is huge. Huge on a scale that he has never been before. I may not agree with it but I understand why it is the way it is. I’m just a bit of a traditionalist. But perhaps my biggest complaint about the movie is that it doesn’t have enough Godzilla in it. But that is all I’m going to say about it for my spoiler free review. Go see it, it is a lot of fun.
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Still with me? Awesome. Now that we have everyone out of the way that doesn’t want to be here I am going to give my completely candid thoughts on the movie. Again, this will contain spoilers and will go in depth into the movie’s plot, characters, and anything else I end up talking about.
First things first, the trailers lied to us. They lied to us in the most beautiful way. So many trailers these days give away the plot months before the movie comes out but Godzilla didn’t. In fact they lead us to believe that Godzilla is the bad guy and Bryan Cranston is the star of the movie. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact I saw a completely different movie to the one that was advertised. I would love to see this used more, so long as it is done well. That being said I do feel bad for the real star of the movie, no not Godzilla, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, aka Kick-Ass. I know Bryan Cranston is a big name now thanks to Breaking Bad, but I didn’t even know Aaron Taylor-Johnson was in the movie until just a couple of weeks ago. And he is the star! I do worry that the early death of Bryan Cranston’s character will disappoint a lot of people and result in them not recommending the movie. Sure, it sucks the character dies, Joe is kind of a crazy badass and the way he eventually goes sucks, but I love that they teased us with his death so many times that when he did actually die it wasn’t expected. Or maybe it was just me that didn’t expect it.
At first I thought that Ford (the main character) was the luckiest son of a bitch ever. But actually I’ve come to the conclusion that dude is cursed and possibly the most unlucky person ever. I came to this conclusion at the scene on the tram in Honolulu airport and it only got worse, especially that bridge scene.
I don’t like that they invented new monsters for the movie. I would have loved to have seen Mothra or Rodan be the monsters that Godzilla has to fight. Instead they went with monsters of their own creation which remind me a lot of the Cloverfield monster and by JJ Abrams relation the monster from the 2009 Star Trek film. That being said I thought when the two monsters came together was very cute and for a moment I almost wanted to feel bad that they were going to have their asses kicked by Godzilla.
Speaking of the King of the Monsters, I’ve always been a little bit torn by the idea of Godzilla being the good guy. It really is just so much fun when he goes on a rampage and destroys bits of Japan. That being said, it was a good choice for this movie. Especially because of the sizes of the monsters we’re talking about. I loved the little bit at the end calling him the savior of the city with a question mark. Damn right he’s the savior of the city. But in the end I really would have loved to have seen more of him. He should have been the star of the movie. Instead there was a lot of build up and a lot of unnecessary screwing around and a whole lot more of the M.U.T.O. than there needed to be. They got it right in Pacific Rim by just giving us all out action all the time, they should have done this with Godzilla as well.
I’d also like to stop and give a round of applause to the bus driver. Finally, a driver with enough sense to drive while the giant monster is grabbing onto the bridge you’re on.
As it is with all things Godzilla had some flaws, it had some awesome scenes and some boring characters. But I still recommend everyone go see it and possibly would even go see it again myself.