Directed by Gareth Edwards
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Going into seeing Godzilla, I heard plenty of comments about the attempt at a new “monster” film, and that there really isn’t much of Godzilla in the film. That didn’t shy me away from actually seeing it for myself, but those comments were accurate. It’s a “monster” film with great amounts of destruction and frankly, there wasn’t enough Godzilla.
Don’t get me wrong, Godzilla is a big hit and is a very good example of a successful summer blockbuster. It’s loud with many explosions, there are a lot of people running and screaming, and the marketing was exceptional. Am I being too tough on it by saying I was expecting more? Maybe, because after all it practically did what it was asked to do. But still, I wanted more from Godzilla.
The film starts out with Bryan Cranston and Juliette Binoche in Japan where a terrible “accident” occurs killing many. 15 years later, Cranston is still investigating the death of his wife while his son, Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) does his best to convince him to let everything go. Naturally, they get thrown into the chaos that is about to erupt. It’s discovered that there are MUTOs (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) on Earth who are planning to meet, drop and hatch their eggs to wreak more havoc on the world. The humans want to nuke the hell of out them, but these MUTOs use radioactive material as a food source. No need to fear because Godzilla is here!
Overall, the film is surprisingly boring, mainly because so much of the story-line is developed with such one-dimensional, cliche characters. Do we care what happens to Brody, his son or his wife? We get it, he’s a really nice guy because he saved the Asian boy from falling off the train. But there is only one thing you want to see in a film called Godzilla, and that’s a good ol’ monster death match! We do eventually get this showdown, but it’s far too late to save an extremely bland movie.
Godzilla is at least somewhat compelling during its first fifteen minutes, but it falls flat very quickly after that. As a monster movie, Cloverfield looks like Citizen Kane compared to Godzilla. As for monster madness and violence, Pacific Rim spoiled us with how it should be done. Also, there is no need to see this film in 3-D because even an extra dimension couldn’t bring life to this movie.