Godzilla (2014)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) was on the verge of finding the truth about really what happened to a nuclear factory in Japan where he worked years ago. His son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), though reluctant at first, helped him. What they found out was a top secret military project involving monstrous things.

I'm pretty excited to watch this movie because I love monster-disaster movies such as Pacific Rim & Cloverfield. What I truly expected from this movie were huge destruction & monstrous brawls. 

Now, if you're a fan of the Japanese Godzilla (Gojira) movies, I think that you most probably won't like this Hollywood version. One thing you must bare in mind is that Japanese movies are full of spectacles & a bit ridiculous (just check out the advertisements & TV shows) while Hollywood ones nowadays are campy & sort of more realistic. So, don't ever try to compare this movie with the Japanese Gojira. Instead, compare it with the 1998 Hollywood version

I assure you, 2014 Godzilla is far better than the 1998 Godzilla. 

Okey, first I wanna talk about visual effects & monster design. For me, the effects are stunning. They're beautiful on screen. I gasped every time the monsters appear. They look monstrously real. I think I use the word 'monstrous' too often. Props to the people who designed the MUTOs. Man, those MUTOs look so damn creepy because they're like naked dark humans with extra limbs crawling. No offense to dark colored skin people who like to crawl around naked. Though that's really pretty creepy. Godzilla on the other hand, look obese. SO FAT! 

I love how they scale up all the monsters. I could really see how big they were compared to the buildings. They're monstrous! 

The monster clashes are pretty satisfying. Especially the big finish at the end. Godzilla was like RAAAAGHHHHHHHH (EAT THIS!) while the MUTO went OOGOGOGOGOOOO wekk.

Next, story aspect. Hmm... Just like other B-rated movies, Godzilla tend to have weak story line. Everything is coincidental. Hey, we need to nuke all monsters. Owh, coincidentally, our main character is a military bomb expert! Hey, those monsters are heading to Manhattan. Owh, coincidentally, main characters' family is there! Hmm... Okey, I take it back. The story is not weak. It's just not mind-blowing. Not revolutionary. Not pretty thought of. So so. In Malay, "Boleh la..."

I wish they did less teasing and reveal the monsters earlier. It was like, Hey, MUTO! COME FIGHT ME! and MUTO said NO! LETS SAVE IT FOR THE ENDING! LOLZ! They did a lot teasing in the trailers and they did a lot more teasing in the movie. It's like the audience don't know it's Godzilla. 

In terms of  acting, the supporting characters shine brighter than the leads. Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Elizabeth Olsen did not show true acting potential. There are attempts from them to create emotionally scenes but I just didn't feel & believe it. Bryan Cranston on the other hand is Walter freakin White! Ken Watanabe also did great. "LET THEM FIGHT!"

All in all, the visual effects are great, story is not that great, less monster fight but the end fight is epic, Bryan Cranston & Ken Watanabe's acting is better than the leads. Pass for a good popcorn movie. 

7 out of 10 stars

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