That was awesome.
I’m going to state this right away, don’t read my film reviews to be enlightened. I’m just a regular film goer, but I think that a lot of people would rather hear the opinion of a peer than of a snobby critic. Not all critics are like this but the stigma exists for a reason.
So, Godzilla. This was one of my most anticipate movies of the summer because I love general chaos and destruction. I’ve always appreciated the Godzilla IP even though it was in its high life well before I existed. The news several years back that a new attempt was being made at making a proper Godzilla movie after the debacle in ’98, I was intrigued. As more and more trailers came out and seemed to show that the movie had not only giant amounts of destruction but also had one of the best actors around right now, Bryan Cranston, my interest grew.
Yet, my main concern with the film lies here. I’m not going to spoil anything that hasn’t been made obvious in the trailers already, but some changes the characters go through seemed unnecessary. I wish some people had been in the film more than they did.
Besides that, I thought the film was pretty great. The pacing never seemed to bother me and the visual effects often made my jaw drop. The trailers have made it pretty obvious that there are more monsters than Godzilla in the film, and the final battle between them made the audience in my theatre cheer. That final kill… one of the most bad ass things I’ve ever seen. It’s a shame that the Mortal Kombat announcer didn’t work on this film.
So should you go see Godzilla this weekend? In my opinion, yes. I will concede that this movie isn’t for everyone. If you prefer films that bring deep, existential questions to the limelight and make the viewer part of the experience, this movie won’t change your world. However, if you like to see the King of the Monsters make a triumphant return to form then go see this movie. The 1998 film is mow only a distant memory and seems like a joke compared to this.
Also, Godzilla is a gentleman.