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Spoiler-Free Quick Review: Godzilla



Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston
Theatrical Release Date: May 16, 2014
Synopsis: The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
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The Good

Exceptional monster effects and likeable characters.

The Bad

The slow start and obligatory campy moments may hinder some viewers from fully enjoying the film for what it is.

Bottom Line

This IS your daddy’s Godzilla, but with a much-needed facelift for today’s generation.

Posted May 16, 2014 by

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This Quick Review is spoiler-free.

It’s unclear whether Godzilla has a “good side” but I recommend trying to stay on it anyway.

Choosing a best Godzilla movie is a bit like picking a best knock-knock joke; they’re all pretty corny and lame. Nonetheless, this newest incarnation is easily the best to date, despite sharing many of the traits present in previous films. Notice I said “sharing,” not “copying.” This new Godzilla improves on pretty much everything you know about the movie monster, while still retaining the spirit of the older movies.

It’s difficult to share why I enjoyed Godzilla without talking about some of the film’s plot points that become evident, early on in the movie. So, I’m going to walk a fine line between not revealing anything about the story, and touching on very minor spoilers. If you want to watch Godzilla without any knowledge of the plot or characters, now’s a good time to stop reading.

Remember the 1998 Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick? If you do, I’m sorry. The good news is, this is not that movie. The 2014 version of Godzilla has more in common with the films from the sixties and seventies, but with a massive facelift.

The 2014 Godzilla is less about “man vs. Godzilla” and more about “Godzilla and man vs. malevolent monsters.” I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that the fight scenes between Godzilla and the M.U.T.O.s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) are pretty awesome. And Godzilla is a badass.

Speaking of badasses, Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays the human lead in the film, and does a respectable job. The movie cleverly and subtly parallels his struggle to overcome overwhelming odds with Godzilla’s same struggle.

While I didn’t mind the build up, the movie’s somewhat slow start might put off viewers hoping to jump right into the monster bashing. If you do find yourself initially bored, hang in there. The second half of Godzilla is straight-up action.

Godzilla does have some corny moments, but they are blessedly few and far between. It is, after all, a movie about giant monsters beating the crap out of each other.

I enjoyed Godzilla enough to give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you liked Pacific Rim, it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll enjoy Godzilla, too.

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Tim Wells

Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.