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Is This Godzilla The Best Ever?
Godzilla: The last big screen memory we have of the iconic giant lizard was the 1998 film that features Matthew Broderick. That is not fair to Godzilla, Matthew Broderick or any of us. However do we need another Godzilla adaptation? Do we need to go to the multiplex to see another city decimated? I guess the answer is yes. Step in Gareth Edwards the wiz director who made the very impressive independent film Monsters. He has a unique way of building suspense to see the creatures on screen. In a time of amazing digital effects, it is things we don't see that sometimes gives us the biggest thrill.
This 2014 adaptation opens with a hefty back story and a very big build up to seeing our main star on screen. We meet Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) a nuclear physicist working at a power plant in 1999. The plant is attacked and destroyed, but by what or who is unknown. Jump ahead 15 years to present day and the same tremors heard before the attack in 1999 are back. The science behind the creation of two giant creatures that begin to create mass destruction is irrelevant. The point is, Godzilla is the only one that can help. The movie sports an impressive cast featuring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Yet none of these stars come close to stealing the spotlight away from Godzilla. In fact my main complaint with the film is the weak human element. Some of these characters are on screen for less than 15 minutes. The attempt to bring in some needed emotional drama falls flat. Olsen and Taylor-Johnson play a married couple that the audience could care a less about. The final 25 minutes contain 95% of the fun, but is it enough to make up for the first 90 minutes? If you are a Godzilla fan the answer may be yes. If you're not, you may find yourself too bored to get excited for all the action at the end.
Grade: 2.5 Jaws / C+
For those wondering - Yes, Pacific Rim is better