Monday, June 2, 2014
MY THOUGHTS: Godzilla (2014)
For intense sequence of destruction, mayhem and creature violence
May 16, 2014
2 hrs 3 minutes
Story & Screenplay by:
David Callaham & Max Borenstein
In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure Godzilla. From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
Aaron-Taylor Johnson as Ford Brody
Bryan Cranston as Joe Brody
Elizabeth Olsen as Elle Brody
Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Sally Hawkins as Vivienne Graham
David Strathairn as Admiral William Senz
Carson Bolde as Sam Brody
Juliette Binoche as Sandra Brody
Richard T. Jones as Captain Russell Hampton
C.J. Adams as Young Ford Brody
Find the full cast & crew on IMDB
Note: This review contains no spoilers
So we finally got to see Godzilla, and I was not disappointed. We absolutely loved it! I really liked that it wasn't just a big monster movie full of destruction, chaos and mayhem. Not at all, this film had a story to tell that went beyond a monster movie. Not only did we learn the story, or origin, of Godzilla and the MUTOs, we also had the character stories that intertwined with the appearance of these creatures. Granted that there has been a lot of mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed this take of a classic creature feature that I grew up watching. This film pays homage to a classic that many fans have grew up watching. This film stayed true to the Godzilla character as Toho's iconic Godzilla that I grew up watching. I found it interesting that the film was filled with metaphors for: the dangers of nuclear weapons/waste, the need for balance in nature, and humanity.
I was not dissatisfied at all that there wasn't as much Godzilla face time on sreen,but the build up to the confrontation of Godzilla and the MUTOs was awesome! This film is not just about giant creatures battling it out, there is a story to tell. In regards to the actual monsters fighting, I was blown away...felt like I was a kid again watching those classic Godzilla movies...to the very end!
So classic when Godzilla walks back into the ocean! So, don't let those bad reviews deter you from watching a movie that focuses more on the characters...which includes Godzilla (he is, after all, the BIG character in this movie...haha). There is a story unfolding in this movie, and this is just the beginning. I am definitely excited for a sequel!
Godzilla is definitely a "must see" for it's excellent story/plot with some monster action and great cast.