Godzilla (2014) review
Food & Leisure
September 7, 2016
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Godzilla is directed by Gareth Edwards, who is famous for a film called monsters, and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston. The performances are not bad and are made up for with good directing.
The plot is that Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson who is known for kick-ass), a Navy bomb expert, has just reunited with his family in San Francisco when he is forced to go to Japan to help his estranged father, Joe (Bryan Cranston who is most famous for breaking bad). Soon, both men have to deal with escalating crisis when Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises from the sea to threaten the survival of humanity.
If you are expecting this film to have a lot Godzilla featured in it be mistaken, this film focuses on the people trying to survive what Godzilla and the other monsters have caused, This is ultimately the film’s downfall, if you are also watching it for Bryan Cranston he is not in it a lot either, I feel like the only reason he is in the film is that they could put him in the trailer and get all the breaking bad fans come to watch it. The film focusing on Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, this means that there is only really 10 minutes of screen time for Godzilla! This is the really bad thing for the film that it centres on characters you don’t really care about, leaving less time for the monsters. But when Godzilla and the other two monsters are on screen it is truly the best part of the film. Due to its cinematography, this is only really mainly of the monsters, and its SGI of the monsters. The last act is by far the best act because contains the most screen time of the monsters and is the most exciting part of the film. But it doesn’t pay off for the 1 hr 40 minutes of build-up we had before.
I would still recommend this film to Godzilla fans and to people who like Pacific Rim. This is a far better improvement of the 1998 film, and I am looking forward to the sequel. Overall this film is good but suffers from having the plot more focused on the humans and leaving Godzilla with hardly any screen time, but the film made up for it for when the monsters do have screen time it was thoroughly entertaining. Hopefully in the sequel they can have more time focused on the monsters but still have a human lead story like this one did. The performances are decent but nothing special. Therefore I will give this film 6/10.
Godzilla is in on sale now on DVD and Blu-ray, certificated 12.

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