Is Godzilla a film about humankind finally getting to rule over nature? Not really. Is it a grittier and a fresh of breath air? Absolutely. It is a true contender of movie of the summer. Though it had its missteps, it still provided a compelling story. As well as seemingly compelling drama from the cast of characters (though not really in hindsight). And ended in an incredible action sequence that would make Man of Steel’s building crashing sequence look like a play fight between children.
The movie takes its time revealing the titular monster, and when it is finally showcased, you are left looking at the creature in wonder. This is the Godzilla we’ve been waiting for. The 1998 Roland Emmerich version can finally be forgotten. This newest version had the original look, feel, and even sound of the monster we’ve known for years.
Godzilla doesn’t have an incredibly deep story though. The giant monster wakes up from the depths of the ocean, destroys everything, and then returns to the ocean, that’s basically one half of the plot. The other half has to do with getting rid of said giant monster as it rampages through cities. The story serves its purpose and lets the rest of the movie serve as the monster movie it’s supposed to be.
The movie has a deep cast of talented actors, which are all under utilized. Ken Watanabe is left with one expression from the beginning of the movie to the very end of it. Elizabeth Olsen is relegated to damsel in distress duties, well under her abilities. Aaron Taylor-Johnson showcased his abilities to successfully run away from a giant monster, and not much else. Bryan Cranston, emoting the most. Though he isn’t given much to work with, like the rest of the cast, he does the most with the material.
Despite lack luster performances from otherwise great actors, and a story that only served to show a monster destroying cities while neglecting the impact of tragedy being inflicted on the victims of the movie, the director, Gareth Edwards, has given us a revitalized look at old material.
All in all, Godzilla is a good film. I recommend it. You’ll have fun watching it even if you’ve never heard of Godzilla (though that is unlikely,) or if you’re a hardcore fan. This movie really is for everyone. It is even for those of us that prefer plot and character development over smash ’em up action.