After a parasitic monster emerges from a cocoon, a giant
amphibious lizard rises from the ocean depths to destroy it.
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Written by Max Borenstein
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins.
Reboot of 1954's Gojira
Godzilla had a lot to live up to. The last entry in the epic kaiju franchise, 1998's Godzilla was less than lackluster and is considered one of the worst films to date. Gareth Edwards's 2014 reboot, however, was the Godzilla film we've been waiting for.
This film beautifully captured the spirit of the 1954 classic as well as mastered the art of the reveal, not fully showing the eponymous monster until the time was right. I felt that most of the performances were great, particularly Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe. Apart from Aaron Taylor-Johnson's lack of facial expressions, I loved this film and am glad that my generation finally has a monster movie.
This is the film that finally proved there can be a good, American Godzilla film. The film was not only a huge improvement over the 1998 travesty, but the definitive Godzilla film that honors the original. The decision to have the creatures be shown from the human perspective was smart as it really helped the film seem bigger in scope.
Seeing the monsters fight was both amazing to watch and brought out the inner kid in me. The only real complaint I have was that some of the human characters were lacking. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was incredibly dull as the lead character. Elizabeth Olsen was also extremely underutilized. The movie still proved to be an amazing time and can't wait for the sequel. Also, points for actually using Godzilla's name in the movie!