The last time Godzilla roared across the big screen, circa 1998, it was less than impressive. And lets face it, Godzilla deserves nothing less than impressive. Originating in Japan in the 1950’s , this monster of all monsters is in a league of its own. Single name recognition and well, Godzilla has always had a touch of the b-grades… which you all know I absolutely love. I was really looking forward to this movie.
So did they get it right this time?
I cant say a great deal without giving away the plot but basically, Joe Brody (Cranston) works for a Japanese nuclear power plant and loses his beloved wife Sandra (Binoche) in a tragic and heartbreaking accident. He becomes obsessed with the idea that there is a major cover-up and this leads to an estrangement with his son Ford (Taylor-Johnson).
Fast forward 15 years and Ford has his own young family. It is only when dad winds up in jail and Ford finally sees what his father has suspected all along, that the pair unite in unraveling the mysterious cover-up. Oh and then there are the creatures they suddenly find themselves facing. Yep you read that right. Creatures.
Godzilla has company in this movie.
What follows is a movie worthy of Godzilla. The CGI is faultless……amazing. From the opening credits to the final fight scene, I was mesmerised. Godzilla is huge, imposing and without equal. The other creatures are equally impressive but they are drawn nasty with their spindly legs and weird ‘wow they look like the creatures in Alien, I wonder when Ripley will show up’ heads. Truly creepy.
The actors at times seem a little out of place but it was a mere blip because they just provided the background for the real action. Cranston impresses, as always, but it was the (I feel) deliberately understated young gun performance of Taylor-Johnson that made me go hmmmmm. I’ve seen him in a few things now and he is young but I think when he finds his groove, he may show us something special one day.
The movie is tense and delivers some surprising plot twists. I always try not to delve too deeply into movies before I see them so I was really surprised when things didn’t pan out as I expected. It was fantastic!
I think this will impress monster fans, Godzilla fans and all but our littlest movie goers. The younger kidlets may find the monsters just a wee bit too scary. But who knows with kids these days. Watch the trailer and judge for yourself I guess.
Godzilla is back and ready to take on anyone and anything. YAY!!!
Love Flick xx
Director : Gareth Edwards
Starring : Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, CJ Adams, Ken Watanabe, Carson Bolde, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn
Running Time : 123 minutes
Release Date : 15 May 2014