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This review is for thew new 2014 movie Godzilla directed by Gareth Edwards. For decades, little boys always loved the theme of giant monsters battling it out in cities destroying everything in their wake. And now, a brief history on monster movies. For generations starting almost a half century ago, Japan became the hub for feature films starring giant monsters battling giant monsters. Thus the term “kaiju” was recognized in cinemas around the world.
Kaiju: translated directly from Japanese to: “Strange Monster.” It translates to English plainly as: “Monster.”
From the seventies all the way to the turn of the millennium, Godzilla has been a major well known figure in movie history. Cameos and parodies have appeared in films all around the world recognized by generations. It was up until 1998, an American film director made a reboot of the Godzilla franchise that set off fireworks in the movie and especially the toy/merchandise industry. I was about 8 years old when this movie came out and as a kid, I didn’t know any better. It was a giant monster rampaging through New York City for no apparent reason, how bad could it be? Well we were wrong weren’t we? (That whole sentence all contains words starting with W’s btw). Looking back at that movie, it was God awful (no pun intended) terrible acting, terrible story, terrible plot… I understand you need to turn off your brain when you watch these kind of movies, but this was just bad enough that turning your brain off was not enough to cope with this film.
As I digress, monster films kind of disappeared for awhile until about 2013 when Pacific Rim was released. A true tribute to giant monsters vs. man made machines, battling it out for the survival of humanity. And then, this movie came along.
I was scared this movie was going to be mercilessly butchered like the 1998 remake, until the teasers and trailers shed a little glimmer of light that it could be worthy of the title Godzilla. Seeing a new Godzilla remake was on the horizon and over 10 years since the last reboot.It was time to see what the power of technology could offer us.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
OK… now all that is off of my chest, here we go. The main antagonists of this movie are the classic Godzilla monster villains; MUTOS, a variance of Rodan, a giant pterodactyl-like creature. The first to emerge is the male that can fly that hatched inside of a deceased Kaiju from the Philippines. the other sent to Yucca mountain in Nevada, where all of US’s radioactive disposal is kept safe. To their dismay, these Kaiju feed off of radioactive energy, thus releasing the land locked female variance of MUTOS. The 3 creatures meet on the Bay of San Fran and begin the epic battle of the movie.
Before watching this movie, I have heard mixed reviews about it, but thankfully most of them were positive, compelling me to still go and watch this movie. I have heard people say that there was not enough Godzilla in the Godzilla movie, but rest assured I think G-Zilla had plenty of air time in the film. The entire first 3/4 of the film, Godzilla himself was obscured and air time did seem choppy, concealing him by cutting to a different scene. I was slightly dismayed at first when they kept cutting him off, but as we got closer to the climax of the movie it all payed off. We were given generous proportions of Godzilla throughout the beginning of the film and when we finally reached the final epic battle of the film, we got a glorious full battle of Godzilla vs the male/female counterparts of MUTOS. All the waiting was fulfilled in the end, as if it was meant to tease us and finally give us something worth waiting for.
Godzilla did everything it was meant to do. It made me feel like a kid a again.The very small doses of Godzilla throughout the first half of the film was enough to make a heart stop standing in awe of his mighty glory and especially in the climatic parts of the movie (shivers down my spine). And what is Godzilla without breathing some kind of fire/lightening blue beam from his mouth? The moment we see his tail and all the rest of spines light up and you hear the charging noise, the whole theater (or maybe it was just me) was completely on edge.
Once again, this film did it’s job. I felt like a 10 year old kid again, and the best part? I didn’t even have to turn off my brain for this movie. The story flowed well, the transitions through the years did it’s explaining of the plot very well and all led up very dramatically to the climax of the movie. If given the chance, I would go watch this movie again, and again.
Final Score: 10/10