REVIEW: Godzilla (2014)

Cloverfield meets Man of Steel.

The following is a spoiler-filled review of Godzilla.

Not long ago, I watched Gareth Edwards’ Monsters for the first time, and that was a fine movie – based on its indie-value. Now in 2014 – four years following his indie-monster-flick – he has been given the opportunity to recapture the spirit of the former movie, with more money and a higher number of audience-members guaranteed. Does it work? Not really.

At the heart of this movie, where family was set up to be – is instead darkness and a tone befitting a movie about sewer rats, wherein we only have a camera to tell the tale. There isn’t enough Godzilla action until the very end, and though heavy on the human element – it lacks balance between the human and the kaiju-elements.

This is not a bad movie, though, and I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to not liking this movie. I must also mention the reaction-shots. There simply are too many, and Ken Watanabe clearly suffers from this – he isn’t given much to work with other than these simple shots of him looking at a green-screen.

Also, I’ve heard Bryan Cranston liked the tone of the movie. I did as well, until the monsters get going. When the MUTOs and Godzilla get in action, the movie changes drastically – and was not able to regain my trust or confidence.

Instead, it left me wanting more of Bryan Cranston, and the relationship between Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. These three actors work hard in this movie, and they all work – Cranston might even work too well for his part, stealing the movie I’d say. This movie becomes like Man of Steel, in that it is too grey and dark – sadly.

In the end, I was left with a movie that was top-heavy. The best parts of the movie are focused on the late 90s, when Cranston is a sane, working man, and when they left that focus, the emotional investment drastically declined.

Final Score: 6.5 out of 10.0 – Edwards has a tough time elevating, and instead we have a movie that gambles on its balance and loses. Godzilla the monster was well done, the same cannot be said for the story. A different tone, and a better balance would’ve saved this movie for me. Hopefully, you loved this – I did not.

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