Why Godzilla is Awesome
- Category: Film
- Published: Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:43
- Written by Deedsy
To start things off, I'm going to have to explain the format of this review: the film contains many elements that were not hinted at in the trailers and so, during the first part of this review, I will refrain from mentioning any spoilers pertaining to these unknown elements, whilst the second part will include some major spoilers - I would recommend reading this part after you have seen the film! Now that's out of the way, let's get to it!
PART 1 – SPOILER FREE
Godzilla is a name many are familiar with from an early age, and I know that many generations have grown up with some version of the massive radioactive lizard in pop culture; be it from the 1954 black and white epic to the late 90's Matthew Broderick “Sony-zilla”, or any of his many encounters with other monsters like King Kong over the years. I, myself, grew up with the mediocre offering from the late 90's and when I saw yet another Godzilla film coming to cinemas I was sceptical, to say the least. Luckily, with an excellent series of trailers and a great cast involved, my scepticism soon dwindled.
As mentioned, I can't go into too much detail regarding the plot without dishing out a fair share of spoilers, so for now I'll just simply say that it is awesome and completely unexpected. The plot is even more awesome thanks to its delivery from a great cast, including a personal favourite of mine - thanks to Breaking Bad - Bryan Cranston, who plays Bill Brody, a radiation engineer and whose epic monologue in the trailer was what finally swayed my opinion and started to get me hyped for the film. Aaron Tayler-Johnson is great as the main human protagonist, Ford Brody, who excels at keeping everything at a realistic level – at least, as much as it can be in a film about a giant radioactive lizard - but at the same time has a horrific run of bad luck throughout the entire film. He is joined by his soon to be sister in Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Elizabeth Olson, who delivers a brilliant emotional performance as the desperately worried wife to ATJ's Ford, Elle. A big shout out needs to go to Ken Watanabe, who plays Dr. Ichiro Serizawa, the resident expert on all things freakishly big and radioactive; he's primarily used as an exposition giver, but does so in a way that is inherent to the plot and relevant.
“Bill and Ford Brody. Their middle names are Freedom."
The cinematography in Godzilla is breath-taking; not just your typical monster film, but an almost Oscar worthy sequence of shots - particularly the Halo jump shot shown in the trailer (and it's so much more beautiful on a cinema screen).
The action sequences and massive landscape shots that really show off Godzillas size are amazing. I suppose I should mention the titular monster of this film and how he looks in comparison to his predecessors: I'd say that this is the perfect version of Godzilla, one that has taken influence from all the previous versions and created a truly memorable monster. My final point to make (without giving any spoilers) is one of my only gripes with the film: the pacing. The build up to the films climax is very well done, but it gets to a point where you're sat begging for things to start moving along.
To bring Part 1 to a close I'll say that Godzilla has definitely upped the bar for monster films; with an amazing plot, cast and direction, it stands far above all the rest. I thoroughly recommend you go see Godzilla before reading part 2 as this will contain major spoilers and I would hate to ruin this epic experience for anyone.
So go and see it. Now. I'll wait...
PART 2 – HERE BE SPOILERS
Welcome back and I hope you thoroughly enjoyed Godzilla! I felt that to give this review the justice that the film deserves, I needed to mention some of the major plot points that I had absolutely no idea about, the MUTOs. In the early stages of the film, when the facility is monitoring a giant glowing cocoon, I was genuinely surprised to not see Godzilla burst out of it. More, I'm incredibly glad that he didn't as the MUTOs were outstanding additions to the plot and it shifted the entire thing from the expected humans vs monster film to a monster vs monsters epic with humans trying their best to tidy up the mess. The fight sequences with Godzilla and the MUTO's in San Francisco are easily the best monster battles I've seen in anything - including Pacific Rim, and they were the only standout thing about that film. It looks like Legendary took major influence from Pacific Rim for the fights, but actually added a decent plot into the mix. Also, the blue luminescent scale on Godzillas back followed by him breathing blue fire was easily the most awesome thing I've seen in a long time!
“I'MA FIRING MAH LAZER”
My only other gripe with this film that I couldn't mention without giving spoilers was the early demise of Bryan Cranstons character, Bill. I mentioned earlier how much his inclusion in the film peaked my interest and to see him go so soon really disappointed me; it wasn't even in a particularly memorable way, and he was barely referenced after it.
Overall, I still say that Godzilla is awesome and easily one the best films of the year so far!
Final Score: 9/10
This has been Deedsy for The Awesome Update, over and out!