I am a huge fan of good monster movies. In fact, aside from conspiracy and martial arts movies, they may be my favorite. Still, I was skeptical when I saw the first Godzilla trailer. Not that it wasn’t awesome… but I’m often skeptical of reboots. Sometimes it feels like Hollywood ran out of ideas, so they just decide to remake old movies. After the great Godzilla disaster of 1998 (starring Matthew Broderick) I didn’t have high hopes. As I watched the trailer more, heard who was in it, and got more of an idea for the quality and scale of the movie, I got more an more excited. I saw Godzilla last night at a “midnight” showing, and was not disappointed.
Godzilla stars Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Aaron Johnson (Kick A**), Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy). The cast works very well together giving us something to root for outside of the chaos caused by modern culture clashing with monsters. The destruction in this movie is amazing due to some pretty awesome special effects; I loved the scale of this film. When you see Godzilla for the first time in full scale he is huge! Also, you might giggle like a school boy/girl. We are long past the days of men in costumes knocking down cardboard buildings; Godzilla the “King of the Monsters” is back and better than ever!
The movie initially follows Bryan Cranston’s character Joe Brody, a nuclear engineer warning of an impending incident of unknown origin in Japan. Cranston, as expected, did a great job; he felt earnest and sincere. The movie then transitions to Brody’s son (Aaron Johnson) a lieutenant in the navy who somewhat conveniently has the perfect set of skills to get transported from Japan to San Francisco where his wife and son live and Godzilla is headed. It is in San Francisco that the rumble of the century happens.
Funny, I live an hour and a half from San Francisco and I didn’t hear anything about this. Must be a cover up. “Hi, my name is Bryce and I like conspiracy theories.”
Compared to Cranston, Johnson’s straight-faced demeanor acting felt pretty dry. However, his dryness mixed with the sincerity of his wife, Elizabeth Olsen, kept me on team Joe til the end. Interestingly enough, though Godzilla doesn’t steal the screen until the final 20 or so minutes of the movie, everyone else felt like a minor character in comparison, and not just because he is huge and they are tiny. Director Gareth Edwards somehow made me feel like I was in the movie and experiencing this catastrophe along with everyone else. This helped me empathize with the people on the screen who were, and constantly kept my mind thinking about Godzilla.
Does he come to destroy, or does he serve a greater purpose in our world’s ecosystem?
I have seen several Godzilla movies. However, at the time, I was old enough to comprehend Godzilla’s origin story. I love how writers Borenstein and Callaham explained Godzilla’s role in our world. I love how they took real history, and spun it to be related to Godzilla. Their writing, combined with director Gareth Edwards’ vision, brought me into a world I didn’t want to leave. Granted, if I lived in this world I would run as fast as my legs could take me, but that’s not the point. This movie brought me in and kept me intrigued. There was just enough fan service, campiness, and jokes mixed with amazing action and effects to please fans and newbies alike. For a full rundown on content check out the plugged in online review.
Go see experience Godzilla in theaters first-hand. It’s not one of those movies you will want to see on a small screen, no matter how good your surround sound is.
Have you seen it? let me know what you think below!