GODZILLA (2014) review

Dir: Gareth Edwards
Writer: Max Bernstein
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binnoche, David Straitham.

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I went to go see GODZILLA last night. I was so excited to see it! I love Godzilla & destroy all monsters is one of my favourite films. After all the viral, teaser trailers & hype on the film (and the fact it looked nothing like the 98 Godzilla film!). So there was a lot to live up to!

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The first 30 minutes of the film were fantastic! Great acting, great directing and solid character building and buildings getting destroyed ala Godzilla!

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That’s when the film turned and seemed the script was a bit ropey. The characters seemed one dimensional at certain points in the film. The best actors were Bryan Cranston, who you felt sympathetic for his character trying to find the truth, and Ken Watanabe. But, they were hardly in the film. They needed more screen time.

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Speaking of more screen times, the monsters or “muto” and Godzilla needed to be seen more. Especially  with the first Godzilla and MUTO encouter. You see a great build up, planes getting smashed, giant fireball, humoungus foot stamping down! Yes, the first time Godzilla is on screen is about an hour into the film but what an entrance! They even gave him his iconic roar! But, it goes to a different scene where the first fight is on a television screen!! It was a bit of a cop out. People have paid to see Godzilla. Especially Godzilla fighting another giant monster!! But at least they gave Godzilla his famous atom breath, unlike that sham of a film in ’98.

All that aside it was an decent watch but the script wasn’t up to scratch. But as poor as the script felt, the CGI on Godzilla and the MUTO were fantastic, they stayed quite true to the original toho Godzilla (roar and atom breath) and the directing was really good too!

3/5

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