The biggest monster of them all returns to the big screen. Check out Screen Critix’ review of Godzilla right after the jump.
Understandably, many fans of Godzilla were a little worried when it was announced that Gareth Edwards would be directing a new live-action movie based on the legendary monster Godzilla; after all, the man only had one feature credit to his name and that was the low budget Monsters.
Well, you can rest at ease as Edwards handles the material very well and pays homage to the Asian classics more than Roland Emmerich did back in 1998. This Godzilla looks like the Godzilla we remember and the film is more like a disaster movie than just a vehicle to place a skyscraper-sized beast in it.
Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) works at a nuclear plant in Japan. He is a little worried at recent developments at the plant and those worries become a reality when there is a fallout, resulting in the death of his wife (Juliette Binoche). Fast forward fifteen years and his son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is all grown up and living back in the States with his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen). Ford is forced to back to Japan to bail his father out of jail, due to him being in the quarantined area near the old plant. Joe wants answers for his wife’s death and he doesn’t believe an earthquake was responsible for the disaster.
This is where the monsters come in. Mankind awakens Muto – a huge monster that feeds off radiation. There is mass panic and hysteria as mankind looks to be on the verge of extinction, but the Asian scientists, led by Ishiro (Ken Watanabe) have been keeping a secret of their own. They know of another monster that hasn’t been seen since the 40’s – Godzilla.
We then get a race for survival as Godzilla takes on Muto and his larger partner in a battle that destroys cities and lives.
Godzilla is an interesting and exciting blockbuster. Edwards makes the right decision to leave out any humour and goes straight for the jugular with a straight affair (well as straight as you can be with gigantic monsters). Cranston does well with his (smaller than expected) role, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have great chemistry. It will be interesting to see how they play brother and sister in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Godzilla is a great way to pass two hours and we look forward to the next instalment. Let’s just Edwards do his thing on his Star Wars spin-off film first before he returns with the sequel to our favourite monster.