"You're not fooling anybody when you say that what happened was a "natural disaster,". You're lying! It was not an earthquake, it wasn't a typhoon! Because what's really happening is that you're hiding something out there! And it is going to send us back to the Stone Age!"
Well today i got to attend my very first Advance Screening of a movie what was even better is that the movie was Godzilla. I had a choice for either this or X-Men: Days of Future Past and since none of the trailers for the X-men got me excited to watch it and the trailers for this movie on the other hand had me foaming at the mouth for more. Seeing that i have always been a huge fan of Godzilla having watched plenty of his movies when i was younger and now actually having watched the franchise in whole (28 films) last month i thought it would seem right for me to watch the movie on the big monsters 60th birthday. Director Gareth Edwards known for his low budget post apocalyptic sci-fi movie "Monsters" makes his way into the Hollywood blockbuster spot light with this film.
I'm pretty sure most of here remember the horrible 1998 movie that shares the same title as the this and the original and where as that movie failed on everything this movie only falls flat on one aspect. It just so happens to be some of the main characters which take up screen time that are the ones to fall flat. It's not that the acting it bad it's just that it's largely forgettable in the end. Other then that though the movie excels in being, grounded, gritty and dark, with some excellent cinematography that made you feel as if you were in the carnage along everyone else. I personally have it beating out Pacific Rim which is the movie it will be compared to a lot because of how recent it came out and it being of the same genre.
The movie first follows Bryan Cranston's character Joe Brody and his wife Sandra Brody played by Juliette Binoche they are scientists working at the local nuclear power plant in Janjira Japan. The power plant ends up going going in to meltdown causing the death of Brody's wife and which the government tries to cover up with claims that it was just a earthquake. This causes Brody to go into conspiracy mode for the next 15 years trying figure out what really happened that day, he tries to get into his old house that is inside the quarantined zone but he is caught and thrown in jail. This causes Joe's son Ford Brody played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson to fly over to japan to bail him out and bring him back home, Ford now a military bomb disarming specialist with a family, is still angry at his father but thinks he is just going crazy over what happened.
This is where the two main human characters differ for me, i actually liked Cranston's character they gave him purpose and however over the top you think he may get you have to remember that what he is saying is the truth, so him acting over the top is justified. Now for Aaron Taylor-Johnson's character i felt it wasn't his fault that his character isn't that great its just that the writers made him to be so boring and cliched. The rest of the cast Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, all did solid performances but like i said before they end up being forgettable in the end.
As for Godzilla he was simply amazing to say the least, standing a massive 350ft in the air he walks among the skyscrapers laying waste to everything with ease. I had actually seen some early concept designs for this Godzilla before i left for the theater and i have to say that they for sure picked the best design to bring the Monster back to life and not that lizard BS that was in the 1998 one. I know critics are not liking the fact that you don't fully see Godzilla until the third act but if they remember the 1954 original also didn't show him until the end the only difference is that movie is like 30 minutes shorter. Despite that though i still really enjoyed this film once all the fighting started happening i forgot about the rest of the film you sit there with awe and amazement feeling like you are a little kid again watching Monsters fight it out on the big screen. Oh i should say that this screening was in IMAX so everything was flipping gorgeous, i haven't seen that many films in IMAX and the last one was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and that was six months ago, i'm used to my local crappy theater with crappy video and audio not amazing video and audio.
Overall i give it a 7.5
If Godzilla is able to spring the franchise back to life and we are able to get some sequels i wouldn't mind more Godzilla screen time and also maybe some of his old enemies like King Ghidorah, Destoroyah, Mothra, mecha Mechagodzilla anyone of those would be awesome. Anyways Godzilla is a for sure a must watch for all i don't care if you never cared for the Godzilla movies or even like the genre, the movie is set to entertain all, as soon as the Blu ray is available for Pre-order i'm getting me two copies