Sunday, May 25, 2014

Movie Reivew - Godzilla (PG13) - By Daniel Kilgallon



 Run Time: 123 min

Godzilla is a science-fiction monster film featuring the most iconic beast to ever hit the big screen. The movie is directed by Gareth Edwards and is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise. This installment features a talented cast starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Ken Watanabe (Inception) and Bryan Cranston (aka Walter White), amongst others. I must say that 

I was pretty excited for Godzilla. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch a gigantic lizard lay havoc to cities across America?
 
Godzilla really is a movie that is best to go into with a very open mind. I actually think you are better off knowing as little as possible about the film’s plot as it seriously adds to the experience. That being said, I will keep my summary extremely brief. Simply put, in this movie Godzilla is matched up against several colossal winged creatures who threaten the existence of humanity.

Overall, I thought that Godzilla was an awesome, exciting movie loaded with great action. The acting was pretty solid, but I just wish that we could have seen more of Bryan Cranston’s character. He did a completely fantastic job with his very limited screen time and even delivered a few incredibly emotional scenes early on. Anyways, everything else about the movie made up for it, as it was masterfully directed by Gareth Edwards. I thought he did an absolutely phenomenal job of capturing the scope of the unbelievable enormity of Godzilla. The visual effects were truly breathtaking; oftentimes jaw-dropping, and occasionally horrifying. I must give a tip of the cap to the sound department as well, since the sound effects for Godzilla were superb. This film couldn’t have done a better job of bringing the monster to life. 

One issue with Godzilla was the build-up to the full revelation of Godzilla himself took way too long. There were just so many shots early on in the film where the director would tease the audience by showing a piece of the creature or simply a sound of his presence. However, once they finally showed Godzilla in his entirety, the film took a whole new direction and became a thrilling, non-stop roller coaster ride. The scenes of Godzilla throwing down with other monsters were remarkable as well. Despite a little bit of a slow build-up, Godzilla is still an excellent film that is epic, stunning, and all-in-all a truly incredible movie theater experience.