I am one of the biggest Godzilla fans out there, so naturally I have been anxious and excited for the new one for a very long time. I had been following production news for this film since 2010. As a result, when I finally saw the trailer, I was more than thrilled (I may or may not have stood up in the movie theater with my hands in the air screaming “GODZILLA”).Once opening night came, I lured a bunch of my friends into the movie theater with promises of Kaiju (giant monster) fights and sheer awesomeness. Once the movie started, I felt like a little kid at Christmas, but when the credits started rolling, I felt disappointed.
I am not saying that this film was awful. Its not even the worst Godzilla movie. There is a lot to like about it, but it is just not really what you would want out of a Godzilla movie. There was a lot of unnecessary teases for showing the great king of monsters, which grew annoying after a while.I would understand these if Godzilla’s appearance was a mystery, but it was not. They showed what he looks like in every trailer, poster, and fiat commercials, so a lot of us knew in detail what he was going to look like.
Another annoying thing was that nearly every time we were about to see a Kaiju fight, the camera would cut to the aftermath. Some people attempted to defend that decision by saying that you are not supposed to see the fights. If that is the case, does the director have any clue why we go see a movie like this? It begins with the question of “Who was this movie made for?” It was not made for the people who came for Kaiju fights or fans of Bryan Cranston who was in every trailer but not in the movie. It seems like it attempted to please several audiences and failed to please most of them.
The plot centers around strange accidents that unleash a giant creature whom the military nicknames M.U.T.O (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism), which lures Godzilla out of the ocean to battle on behalf of humanity. Now, this sounds like it could make an entertaining movie, but it keeps slowing down and focuses on the human characters, which is a misstep for a few reasons.
The entire time you do not care about any of the human characters–not even Bryan Cranston’s (Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle ) character. The other reason why humans taking the forefront is a bad idea is that again we are here for a Godzilla movie. We really do not want to see people just being people. We see that every day.
Like I said earlier, there is a lot to like about it. Everything about Godzilla himself is fantastic. He looks great. This is the biggest and most realistic we have ever seen him. His roar sounded like the original iconic roar from the classics but also like something a real creature would make. Not only did he look and sound right, but he also moved right. I credit this to the motion capture done by Andy Serkis(Aka Gollum from Lord of the Rings), which helped recreate the feel of the old movies where all the Kaijus were actors in suits. The M.U.T.O also looked very good. It was not one of the greatest movie monsters I have seen lately, but it worked as a Godzilla villain.
The film had a pretty dark tone which is why one of the major decisions kind of surprised me. Godzilla was benevolent and was out to protect humanity, which usually does not happen in the serious Godzilla movies. It nearly always happens in the goofy 70’s movie series. I loved that decision, and at one point, I realized that Godzilla caused less collateral damage, and directly saved more people than Superman did in “Man of Steel”. I always knew Godzilla was better than Superman.
Overall, even though I was kinda disappointed by this film, I did not regret seeing it, and I think a sequel could fix this rebooted continuity. I enjoyed the last few scenes immensely. If you are a Godzilla fan it is definitely worth your time, but if you are not, this is not going to turn you into one.
I will leave you with a final iconic word of wisdom…GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!