by: Mitchell Stein
The legendary sea monster, Godzilla finally emerges on the big-screen for the first time since 1998. This films stars actors Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) Aaron Taylor Johnson, Ken Wantanbe (Batman Begins, Inception) and Godzilla, played brilliantly by an uncredited sea monster.
The film, directed by Gareth Edwards is wonderfully gripping, quickly setting the pace with an ingenious opening scene explaining the backstory to the entire film, and introduces us to our main cast of characters one of them including Joesph Brody, brilliantly played by Bryan Cranston. As if Cranston hadn’t already gotten his acting reputation high in the ranks already, he really shines once again as an actor in this film. Ken Wantabe was also delivered incredible acting throughout the entire movie, which I was not expecting to see. Wantabe, previously appearing as Saito in Chris Nolan’s Inception, was one of the most surprising and fun break-out stars in the movie.
The director and his crew pulls off wonderful filming techniques throughout the first hour of the film, building character and story in ways I’ve never seen expressed on the big-screen before. There’s a scene in the beginning which simply explains the back-story and the current story even though not a word of dialogue has been spoken yet.
Godzilla managed to accomplish what most summer blockbusters these days lack, and it built suspense and excitement throughout it’s first sixty minutes of the film and left me at the edge of my seat with only positive thoughts. The lead-up that the crew was building up to was fantastic, but the reveal was rather weak, and the train falls off the rail shortly after (explained a bit more below)
I want to say that the first sixty minutes of the film kept promising something exciting and suspenseful, but as soon as they allowed that reveal, the story plot just got, dare I say it….dumb. I was well-aware that stepping into “Godzilla” that I would see a monster destroying things, but the twists and plot-changes that were introduced into the story were rather disappointing and barely kept to the legacy of Godzilla and it’s original movies.
The biggest problem with the movie was it’s choice to introduce more than one monster. The film is called Godzilla, yet he doesn’t even show up until the third act of the movie. The other monsters Mutos, are really awful monsters, and bringing them in was even more awful, because then it became less about the Gozilla monster and people trying to survive him, and more about a bunch of monsters fighting and unfortunately this is a big chunk of the last forty-fifty minutes of the movie. There was so much potential for this film, some of it accomplished and the rest was completely the opposite of what they spent time building up to.
Overall, I’d have to say I really thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the film but the other half I kept looking at my watch waiting for it to be over. I’d give it a two out of five star rating.