I have always been a fan of Godzilla films
(except for the
ones with baby Godzilla) and I was very excited when I heard Gareth Edwards was
directing the new reimagining of GODZILLA.
This 2014 take is like a 1970s summer blockbuster in a Steven Spielberg
fashion without the sentimentalism. The
movie builds along with a nice opening titles sequence which shows some of the
atomic bomb tests were an attempt to kill Godzilla by a secret organization
called Monarch. Flash forward to 10
years ago in Japan when a nuclear reactor disaster claims the life of a man’s
wife. Both of them are scientists and
the son becomes distant from his father (Bryan Cranston) who now sounds like a
crackpot conspiracy nut who just wants to know the truth in what happened. His
son is now in the military and he is
called to Japan (when he is on leave to see his wife and son in San Francisco)
to bail his dad out of jail. Soon his
dad convinces the son to come with them to get some old data and they discover
a giant monster (aka the MUTO) is about to come out of hibernation to
mate. The MUTO escapes after Monarch
fails to kill it and it draws the attention of Godzilla. Godzilla goes
face to face to fight the Muto
from Hawaii to San Francisco.
I loved this Godzilla remake even though it isn’t
movie, but people should go check out Gareth Edwards directorial debut MONSTERS
after seeing this one. The monster
battles are good and the monsters aren’t shrouded in rain (like in PACIFIC
RIM). It also shows sometime mankind
isn’t control of nature or big monsters for that matter (and they have to let
them fight). I enjoyed for a popcorn
movie despite the lack of political allegory like the original Godzilla. The
story does a good buildup and wisely
uses Godzilla without having Godzilla on the screen all of the time. The
movie did a super opening weekend and
sequel will get made (to no one’s surprise).
This movie will continue to do well all the way through DVD and Blu-ray release.
Bring on the sequel.
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