Director: Gareth Edwards
Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham
Production Companies: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Disruption Entertainment, Toho Company
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Olsen
Genre: Action/ Adventure/ Science Fiction
What It’s About: Godzilla comes back and fights other big monsters. What more do you need?
How I Watched It: In the theater with a friend. 3D. The weekend following the movie’s opening.
Thoughts: Okay. Now, this is only my second-ever experience seeing a movie in 3D at the theater. The first was Jurassic Park, and it was enjoyable–but maybe just because it was Jurassic Park. This one….well, I probably could have done without. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned. The entire first portion of the movie seemed out of focus, and my guest agreed. After discussing this with others who have seen it in 3D, it may have just been our particular theater. But still. If you have yet to see this, I would personally recommend watching it without. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it.
***THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS***
The movie opens in Japan at a nuclear plant in 1999–the same time that the last movie was set. I always appreciate continuity. We meet Joe Brody (Cranston) and his family. Cranston and his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche) head off to work at the nuclear plant while their son Ford (Taylor-Johnson) goes to school. Something starts going wrong and the reactors become unstable while Sandra and her team are in the radioactive area–leaving the entire team to be sealed in and killed. Then shortly after, the entire plant collapses into ruins.
Flash forward 15 years to present day. Ford is returning home from a military tour overseas. He greets his wife Elle (Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde). He barely gets home, when he gets a call from a Japan jail, saying that his father had been arrested for trespassing in the quarantined area where the plant went down 15 years before. He flies to free him, and we see a crazed Joe searching for answers of what happened.
There’s also a side story of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Watanabe) and his assistant Vivienne (Hawkins) searching through caverns to find strange bones and artifacts. At one point the two stories meet and we see that they’re both searching for the same thing. We see a strange solidified rock..thing that they’re pumping radiation through. Things become unstable again like they did before, and they decide to shut everything down.
Then shit hits the fan.
Acting. CRANSTON. Now, I know that a lot of people are still working off their boners for Cranston after Breaking Bad–and I admit that I’m probably one of them. BUT, he was awesome in this. He reeled me in right away. And he speaks some of the only Japanese in the whole movie, so points there–can always use more of that. He makes me have so many feeeeeeeeels.
Taylor-Johnson. Ummmm. There were parts of this film where I liked him, but he’s really not my favorite. ****DEFINITE SPOILER*** Honestly, I was kind of pissed off that we lose Cranston so early on in the movie and get stuck with him. It’s like night and day, really. A friend and I decided that the better plot would be Ford dying, leaving Joe to seek even more vengeance for his family. Then he could fight to save his grandson and daughter-in-law. More of a bittersweet ending. I dunno.
Creatures. I keep hearing people complaining about how little you see the monster in this movie, and I don’t understand why. They ALWAYS try to hide the creatures…and honestly, I thought you saw Godzilla a lot in this in comparison to other films. We get to see him in all of his CGI glory, and it doesn’t disappoint. Now, I have a soft spot for the old rubber-suited monsters, but I thought he looked fantastic in this feature. It’s really evident how far the technology has come along.
**SPOILER….oh, you get the idea by now. SPOILERS BE DAMNED**
What’s so awesome about this film to me, is that we get OTHER MONSTERS, which the 1998 failed to provide. FINALLY. Honestly, I had no idea there were going to be other creatures in this, so I was PUMPED. I thought the M.U.T.O.s were pretty badass. Now If I’m gonna complain about not seeing enough of something, it would be the creatures battling it out. There were a few moments where the filmmakers were the biggest cock teases on the frickin’ planet, and it was mildly infuriating. Then we get the awesome final battle–totally worth it. THE LAST KILL. OHHHHHHHH MAAAAAAAN. You know what I’m talkin’ about. 😉
There were definitely a few moments that gave me chills in this. For one, the scene depicted in the teaser trailer with the men parachuting. I’m so torn, because I wish that it wouldn’t have been revealed to me before seeing the movie–because I love it. But at the same time, it was the trailer that got me pumped up for the movie. Oh well. Also, the scene where the jets are falling from the sky like falling angels–so many chills. Basically any scene where they used the really ominous choral music. I’m a sucker for creepy choral music–give me a good Dies Irae and I’m content. 🙂
My Rating: Huzzah!
There are definitely parts of the movie that I didn’t like, and I almost pegged this one as more of a Meh, but if I’m still excited about it a week after seeing it, I must have enjoyed it. Definitely a fun ride. Hopeful that I won’t have to wait another 15 years to see a new Godzilla movie. BRING IT.