Not many films have had a lot of pre released hype over the last few months except, however, Gareth Edward’s second film and immediate blockbuster: Godzilla. You could say it was a dangerous move on Edward’s part, as his first film Monsters was micro- budgeted, however since the first trailer was released, thousands of hardcore Ishirō Honda fans have been devouring every single detail they can get their claws on, and now the wait is finally over, but is Godzilla good? For the most part, definitely.

Gareth Edwards has done a terrific job of creating such awe- inspiring monsters, and you can tell the team obviously had a great deal of respect for the original movie and its concept, which paid off brilliantly. Throughout the film there was a serious sense of tension, which was undoubtedly the best point, as giant scaly arms or feet stomped onto the screen. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) gives a brilliant, heartbreaking speech towards the beginning, and is definitely (apart from Godzilla, of course) the best albeit, underused character. However, leading lad Aaron Taylor Johnson’s performance unfortunately falls flat which is disappointing, especially as he is the lead role in the film. Elizabeth Olsen as his loving wife doesn’t seem to have much to do here except for maybe a couple of clichéd and cheesy uncomfortable moments. This leads on to the one true negative of the movie, and that is the weak human story.

It starts off strong, with a very interesting and gripping beginning, but begins to plummet towards the middle of the film, where it unfortunately seems most important in the storyline. It wasn’t bad acting, but it felt like the same debate was being spoken of throughout: How do we stop Godzilla without being mean to it and simultaneously not kill off millions of people?

 

Overall, the film is visually and sonically stunning, and I seriously recommend that if you’re planning to see this film, see it in IMAX (one of the only films worth the money), and is a great treat for old school Godzilla lovers, however the human dialogue and elements seem to let the piece down, and there is a wonder of whether it was actually needed at all. But my, can Godzilla stomp.
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