After a 16 year hiatus in U.S. theaters Godzilla returns to the silver screen bigger and louder then he's ever been. With its incredible CGI and fairly decent (if not cliched) story it definitely takes you on a ride. Whether or not you like that ride will depend on how patient of a person you are. It stumbles here and there but make no mistake, 60 years after it's original debut on the shores of Japan, Godzilla stakes its claim as the King of the Monsters. After a disaster at the nuclear power plant that he works in, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) is obsessed with finding out what really happened on that fateful day in 1999. 15 years later Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Joe's son and who has since joined the army, is called in to basically come and get his "crazy" father. We get the obligatory family dynamic rounded out by Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olson) and son Sam. After Ford realizes that his father isn't crazy he decides to join him on his quest. They eventually meet Dr. Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and it really isn't difficult to figure out what happens from there.
As thin as the plot is, director Gareth Edwards and company somehow manage to make you care about these people as these scenes clearly show you why these characters are who they are. Cranston as usual, knocks his performance out of the park. Johnson does a decent enough job playing the stoic army vet and well, Olson really doesn't have much more to do other then give that thousand yard stare of her's. Still, she works with what she's given and isn't bad. Watanabe is just a doctor that's there to give sage advice when needed. Nothing more nothing less.
This is where the patience comes into play. Going to a movie called Godzilla you're expecting to see a giant monster tear up a city. Well, that does happen but it's a slow burn. I actually enjoyed the direction they took to get him on screen. When Godzilla finally arrives it's well worth the wait as it looks absolutely bad ass. You never see the creatures from their perspective. They're always shot from the human perspective which gives the monsters an incredible sense of scale. They're massive and completely unapologetic about destroying a city. They've got no grace, no regard for human life. They're basically Rick James saying "FUCK YO COUCH" as they annihilate Hawaii and San Francisco and I'm 100% ok with that. This however will be another topic of contention as well. We want to see giant monsters fight but the film tends to troll the audience. As soon as the proverbial feces is about to hit the fan there's a convenient cutaway to some human drama which I can probably guess a lot of audience members won't give a damn about. Trust me when the final reel hits and you've got your ringside seat. You'll be chanting "This is Awesome" like a WWE crowd.
The movie has its flaws and could stand to have a bit more Godzilla in it but I enjoyed the hell out of it. Even the music had a mix between that old school monster movie vibe and the basic horns and violins that every other action movie seems to have these days. The direction is very pretty, even when there's maximum destruction happening on screen. The acting is solid and the movie is just all around fun. I'm actually excited for a sequel which I'm sure is already in the pipeline.
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