“The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”
With a tag line like that, you’d expect to have 123 minutes of none stop monster on monster fighting action, right? Well no matter what you WANT to see, Godzilla is here and you are here to find out one thing…is it any good? The short answer is yes, the real answer however is a bit more complicated. On the whole the movie is a tad off paced, the emotional heart of the movie is some what lost and the action set pieces for some people will be a tease and too far in between. Those sound like some major problems, and out of context or to the wrong viewer they are, but the movie is not without redeeming qualities. Firstly Godzilla looks AMAZING. I can’t stress how superbly done Godzilla and the MUTO creatures are done. Both their design and actual realization, as well the way they interact with their environment is simply perfectly done. Bryan Cranston brings the majority of the real emotional drive here as the character of his son played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson is mostly seen as a stoic and driven character with his mind set on saving his family. The emotional buck is passed on by Elizabeth Olsens character later on in the movie. The movie itself is shot gorgeously, with great homage being paid to monster movies of past. The film itself is a great pastiche to the entire genre. So overall does the good out weigh the bad? For the most part it does, once you can lower your expectations a little, and understand that this movie is just as much if not more about the people as it is the monsters, then you should have a good time with Godzilla. Also if you think the movie is a bit too slow for you, then take a nap until the last half hour then hold on to your damn seats because the end of this movie is simply top notched.
Review Score : 7 out of 10